Carlos Guillermo Smith

Carlos Guillermo Smith blames Democratic demoralization for Florida’s Midterm losses

He lost re-election last week to Susan Plasencia. For the first time in six years, Carlos Guillermo Smith doesn’t have pressing business in Tallahassee. That’s not by choice, of course. The Orlando Democrat was one of four Democratic lawmakers ousted during the Midterms, beaten by Republican Susan Plasencia. But as he takes off his Representative pin, Smith promises he isn’t leaving the political scene.
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Susan Plasencia pulls upset over Carlos Guillermo Smith in HD 37

The race pit a progressive champion against a business leader with a prominent family. It looks like there will be a Plasencia in the House once more. Republican Susan Plasencia denied Democratic Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith a fourth House term, defeating him in House District 37. The upset, fueled by...
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Susan Plasencia leads incumbent Carlos Guillermo Smith in Florida House 37

ORLANDO, Fla. – Republican Susan Plasencia is on track to unseat incumbent Democrat Carlos Guillermo Smith in Florida House District 37 Tuesday night. With 97.2% of the precincts reporting, Plasencia was leading Smith 52% to 48%. Smith, the six-term state representative and first openly-gay Hispanic member of the Florida...

Florida's First Out Latino State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith Loses

​​A red-wave cut short the career of Florida state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, the state’s first out Latino legislator. Smith was running for a fourth term in the Florida House of Representatives but lost to Republican Susan Plasencia. She attacked the progressive lawmaker’s “wokeism,” a frequent target of anti-LGBTQ+ Gov. Ron DeSantis in the past two years.

Alongside Representatives Anna Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo-Smith, Charlie Crist Opens Second Regional Campaign Office in Central Florida

ORLANDO — Today, Charlie Crist, candidate for governor of Florida, was joined by State Representatives Anna Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo-Smith in unveiling the campaign’s second regional office, located in Central Florida at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) headquarters in Orlando. This office — which...

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith Hosting Community Health Update on Meningococcal & Monkeypox Outbreaks

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Florida State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando) is hosting an important discussion on how to protect yourself and others from the meningococcal disease and monkeypox outbreaks affecting our community. WHO:. Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida House District 49. Dr. Raul Pino, MD MPH – Director,...

Carlos Guillermo Smith Endorses Crist

With the Democratic gubernatorial primary race set between Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) and Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D), both lawmakers continue to amass support and engage voters. This week, Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) endorses Crist while Fried took to social media to make a distinction between her and her rival.

GOP throws money behind opponent of Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith

LAKE MARY, Fla. - House Republican leaders have started putting money behind Susan Plasencia, a GOP candidate trying to unseat Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, in a redrawn district in Orange and Seminole counties. The Florida House Republican Campaign Committee, which is led by incoming House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm...

Fine to Democrat Carlos Guillermo Smith : Don’t Say LGBTQ

Conservative Florida State Rep. Randy Fine (R) has taken issue with Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) for his grandstanding on the controversial Reedy Creek issue, his bashing of Gov. DeSantis, and above all, personalizing issues that “don’t have anything to do with him.”. Rep. Guillermo Smith, who is...

Anna Eskamani, Carlos Guillermo Smith say HB 1557 will endanger teens

'Let's be clear: Yes, "Don't Say Gay" was a tagline, and effective.'. Two leading Democratic House critics of the “Parental Rights in Education Bill” joined other detractors Wednesday in predicting that it will reignite homophobic oppression and suppress gay teens. Orlando Democratic Reps. Anna Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo...

Medicaid for developmentally disabled, nursing home transparency are tops for Carlos Guillermo Smith

Carlos Guillermo Smith vows to spotlight Medicaid funding needs for developmentally disabled population. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith is geared up for the 2022 Legislative Session, one in which he promises to shine the light on what he considers one of the least understood issues in the Florida Legislature: the needs of people with developmental disabilities.

Senator Annette Taddeo and Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith advocate for small businesses through sales tax holiday

In an effort to support small businesses and encourage consumers to shop locally, State Senator Annette Taddeo (D-Miami) and Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando) have filed legislation that would exempt small businesses from collecting sales tax the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th, 2022 — this year’s “Small Business Saturday”. “As...