La Gaceta Endorses Mariella Smith

I’m proud to have earned endorsements from the 3 newspapers serving our diverse community: the Tampa Bay Times, the Florida Sentinel Bulletin, and La Gaceta! The third one, La Gaceta, is the Tampa-based tri-lingual newspaper that serves the Hispanic communities of Central Florida. They say:

“The easy choice in this race is Mariella Smith. She is a fourth-generation Tampa native. She is from a Cuban mother and an Anglo father. For years, she fought, cajoled and worked with city, county and state governments to help the neighborhoods in which she lived and the issues for which she is passionate. She is knowledgeable and willing to compromise but committed to her beliefs of what makes a community better. She would be a welcome addition to the County Commission. La Gaceta confidently endorses Mariella Smith for District 5.

Endorsed August 10, 2018 & October 12, 2018.

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International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 487, Endorses Mariella Smith

The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 487 – District 925 in Tampa, Florida, is proud to announce its endorsement of Mariella Smith for Hillsborough County Commission, District 5. Mariella’s selfless career of public service has earned her the respect of countless people in Hillsborough County.

It is with great pride that we fully support Mariella Smith for Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners in District 5.

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Sierra Club endorses Mariella Smith for Hillsborough County Commission

The Sierra Club of Tampa Bay announces our endorsement of Mariella Smith in the Hillsborough County Commission District 5 race. Mariella Smith stands alone above all other candidates in her proven commitment to our community and the principles of the Sierra Club.

For decades Mariella Smith has advocated for smart growth policies that include public transportation and environmental protection. The challenges facing Hillsborough County demand the fresh ideas, honest debate and unwavering courage Sierra has come to expect from Mariella Smith.

The Sierra Club decision to endorse Mariella Smith for County Commission District 5 followed unanimous votes at all three Sierra Club levels required for review and ratification. The Sierra Club urges the voters of Hillsborough County to support and elect Mariella Smith to the Hillsborough County Commission.

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The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit


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Ruth’s List Florida endorses Mariella Smith for Hillsborough County Commission

Ruth’s List Florida, the state’s only resource dedicated to recruiting and aiding Democratic women candidates, announced their endorsement of Mariella Smith in the Hillsborough County Commission race, lauding her ongoing commitment to stand up for Florida women and families.

“Mariella Smith is a small business owner and a dynamic leader who supports equal opportunity for all and stands up to powerful special interests” said Pam Goodman, Ruth’s List Florida Executive Director. “The Ruth’s List community — now tens of thousands members strong — is excited to support her candidacy.”

“I am grateful for the grassroots help Ruth’s List Florida provides Democratic women in Florida,” said Mariella Smith. “I’m proud to accept their endorsement and the endorsement of the tens of thousands of Ruth’s List members and supporters who believe, like I do, that Florida leaders should advocate for improvements to transportation and transit, support smart growth management, protect our environment, and make sure our government works for all citizens.”

Ruth’s List Florida is dedicated to building a progressive Florida by recruiting and assisting Democratic women leaders to the State Cabinet, Legislature, County Commissions, City Councils and other key positions in Florida. Since 2008, Ruth’s List Florida has 71+ victories and has raised more than $4,000,000 to support Democratic women running for state and local office in Florida. For more information about Ruth’s List Florida please visit

Video: U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor speaks at Kick-off for Mariella Smith Campaign

U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor gave a wonderful speech at our Campaign Kick-off last night. I’m deeply honored to have her endorsement.

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Mariella Smith has filed to run for Hillsborough County Commission

MARIELLA SMITH, a long-time advocate for environmental protection, transportation and smart growth, has filed to run as a Democrat for election to the Hillsborough County Commission, Countywide, District 5. Smith is challenging Republican Commissioner Victor Crist who is running for the District 5 seat in the general election in November, 2018. Crist is attempting to switch seats with County Commissioner Ken Hagan, so they both may evade the voter-enacted term limits which bar them from running again in the same district, after already serving two terms on the County Commission. Crist is a career politician who has held office for 26 years.

“It’s time to stop the musical chairs by the same old politicians who are more interested in deals for special interests than serving our citizens.” said Smith. “I will be a strong advocate for smart growth, good government, and transportation solutions that work.”

County Commissioner Pat Kemp is endorsing Mariella Smith. Commissioner Kemp says “Mariella has been a tireless advocate for our neighborhoods and our environment. Mariella has spent decades working for smarter growth and transportation investments that will get us out of gridlock. I look forward to serving on the County Commission with Mariella Smith so we can work together to build a prosperous future for Hillsborough County.”

Smith has marshaled citizen activists to stand before the County Commission countless times over two decades, addressing the Board on issues affecting communities from Ruskin to Tampa to Keystone.

“I will always put the interests of our communities and citizens first.” said Smith. “I will work for open, honest and transparent government and will firmly oppose corporate giveaways and secret dealings. I will protect our environment, our neighborhoods and our citizens’ civil rights.”

Mariella Smith’s campaign will kick-off with a fund-raiser and friend-raiser at the Italian Club, 1731 E. 7th Ave. in Ybor City, on January 23, at 5:30 pm. All are welcome.

To learn more about Mariella Smith and her campaign visit