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Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith recognized as a FAC Presidential Advocate

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on July 2, 2019

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) recognized Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith as a Presidential Advocate for their work during the 2019 Legislative Session. Commissioner Smith received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Orange County, Florida.

Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith recognized as a FAC Presidential Advocate

“As an elected official, specifically a commissioner, I feel it is our duty to connect with other leaders, learn from each other, and work together to make things better,” said Smith. “It is an honor to have received this award and a privilege to be given this opportunity to serve the people of Citrus County.”

The FAC Presidential Advocate recognition is given to county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in advocating with FAC during the 2019 session to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.

“As commissioners, we are empowered to stand up for our community, to be the voice for those who can’t speak, and to fight for our right to decide our own future,” said FAC President and Hendry County Commissioner, Karson Turner. “During the Legislative Session, our role becomes increasingly important as hundreds of bills are heard that have a direct impact on our communities. Those receiving this honor displayed a commitment not only to the counties’ legislative agenda but to their community and the state.”

For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

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