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 MariellaSmith.com.