Tallahassee, FL (June 28, 2016)—Florida Conservation Voters and Florida Conservation Voters Action Fund made their first endorsement of a state legislative candidate for the 2016 election, lending support to former senator Rod Smith in his run for the Florida Senate District 8. During his time as a state senator (2001-2006), Smith was an outspoken advocate on environmental issues, including strong opposition to oil drilling off our fragile coastlines. If elected, Smith intends to push legislators to adhere to voter intent on the implementation of the Water and Land Conservation Amendment. He’s committed to working across the aisle to come up with a plan to address climate change, to ban fracking, and to protect Florida’s precious natural treasures.
“We believe in electing leaders who represent the conservation values of everyday Floridians,” said Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director of FCV. “Time and again, millions of Floridians have demanded greater protections for irreplaceable treasures like our springs, more funding for parks, and clean energy policies that benefit Florida families, and not special interests. We’re confident that Rod Smith shares those values, and — more importantly — will be a strong advocate for them at the state legislature.”
Florida Conservation Voters started as a coalition of environmental groups united to pass the Water and Land Conservation amendment in 2014. They now act as the political arm for Florida’s conservation community. Smith is their first endorsement of the 2016 electoral season.
“I am honored to have the support of the Florida Conservation Voters,” said Smith. “People in North Central Florida deserve a senator who will stand up against fracking, who will fight for protecting our drinking water and springs, and who will work to reverse the effects of climate change and protect our state’s natural resources.”
Smith is running against State Rep. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville for the newly drawn district, which includes all of Alachua and Putnam counties and northern Marion County.
Florida Conservation Voters works to protect our water, land, and air for future generations by electing conservation leaders to public office. For more information, visit www.fcvoters.org.
Rod Smith Bio
Rod Smith previously served as a member of the Florida state Senate from 2000-2006 and is running for the newly drawn Senate District 8. During his time in the Senate, Smith chaired the Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee and has been an outspoken advocate on environmental issues including: supporting a ban on fracking, prioritizing renewable energy and planning for the effects of climate change and sea-level rise, adhering to voter intent behind the water and land conservation amendment and supporting use of those funds for land conservation, springs restoration, and other unmet conservation needs. Prior to serving in the state senate, Smith was a State Attorney in North Central Florida and helped create one of the first environmental crime task force units in the state.
Smith is running against Representative Keith Perry, R-Gainesville for the newly drawn district, which includes all of Alachua and Putnam counties and northern Marion County. Senate District 8 is a swing seat that Obama won by 1 percentage point in 2012.
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