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Governor Ron DeSantis Meets Florida’s Youngest Elected Official

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – Governor Ron DeSantis had an eventful Tuesday, not only delivering a controversial 2021 State of the State address in the Florida House of Representatives Chambers at the State Capitol, but also meeting Florida’s youngest elected official in the 2020 election, Supervisor Nate Douglas.

Supervisor Douglas beamed in his written statement to Florida National News about the experience. “The trip was great! There were a lot of lawmakers that I met in person for the first time, far too many to name, and they were all kind.”

Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor and Board Vice Chair Nate Douglas (center) poses for a photo with Florida Lawmakers at the State Capitol during the 2021 Legislative Session, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Photo: State Representative Daisy Morales.

A Bridge to Tallahassee

The Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor and Board Vice Chair traveled to Tallahassee as State Representative Daisy Morales‘s special guest and witnessed the governor’s address. Rep. Morales, bridging the Orange Soil & Water Conservation District and the State Legislature, also introduced him to State Representatives Webster Barnaby (R-Volusia), Marie Paul Woodson (D-Broward), Dr. James Paul Bush III (D-Miami-Dade), Felicia Simone Robinson (D-Broward and Miami-Dade), Travaris McCurdy (D-Orlando), Fred Hawkins (R-Osceola and Polk), and Kristen Arrington (D-Osceola).

“I really learned a lot about the day of a Florida lawmaker and it was exciting,” said Douglas in his written statement. “Sitting through a committee also gave me a fresh perspective…it gave me great confidence that our legislature is working on great things. They looked like they were actually working together to get things done.”

Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor and Board Vice Chair Nate Douglas (left) talks with Governor Ron DeSantis at the Governor’s Mansion during the State of the State Dinner Reception Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Photo: State Representative Daisy Morales.

Meeting Governor DeSantis

Supervisor Douglas also joined Rep. Morales for the State of the State Dinner Reception at the Governor’s Mansion Tuesday evening, where he met Governor DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis. Supervisor Douglas got to speak with the governor one-on-one during Tuesday’s reception, even snapping photos with him. The two men, though differing in political ideologies, share a common concern for environmental conservation.

“We talked about young leadership and getting as many Floridians vaccinated as possible,” Douglas told Florida National News in a phone interview. “The Governor…had a lot of things to say. We spoke to the family as well. They were all very kind.”

“It was exciting to help Supervisor Douglas have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Rep. Morales told Florida National News. “Connecting one of Florida’s youngest elected governors with its youngest elected official from the 2020 election was an honor–and was quite a sight to behold.”

For Rep. Morales, who sits on the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, the meeting was meant for more than just connecting history makers. “I wanted to be a voice for our state’s fifty-eight Soil & Water Conservation Districts and bring them to the governor’s attention,” said Morales. “And I want the districts to know they have a friend in Tallahassee.”

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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