ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Florida State Representative Daisy Morales (D-Orlando) will bring newly elected 19-year-old Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Nathaniel Douglas (Seat 1) to Tallahassee as a guest for the start of the 2021 legislative session.
Opening Day 2021 is open only to current elected members of the Florida House and their registered guests, according to the Florida House of Representatives website.
Rep. Morales hails Supervisor Douglas as a trailblazer, being the youngest to ever be elected to the Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board, and the youngest elected in the state of Florida during the 2020 election. The young rising star has already been elected Vice Chair by Orange Soil & Water Board. Morales will award Supervisor Douglas a special Black History Month tribute to him for the feat. “Supervisor Douglas is a gifted young man,” said Morales. “He is very much a part of Black History Month.”
Supervisor Douglas, a substitute teacher with Orange County Public Schools and University of Florida economics junior, is a self-proclaimed progressive and big proponent of the Sunrise Movement, an initiative that combats climate change awhile creating green jobs. Douglas defeated two opponents over a decade his senior in the 2020 election—Bobby Agagnina and Tim Veigle—nabbing over 248,000 votes (49%).
There are 58 Soil & Water Conservation Districts across the state of Florida, each with a board of five elected members.
“I would like to thank Rep. Daisy Morales for this great opportunity to see what is getting done in Tallahassee,” said Supervisor Douglas in a written statement. “I look forward to this legislative session and really hope to see great legislation get passed.”
As a twice-elected Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor herself, Rep. Morales immediately noticed Supervisor Douglas’s drive to combat climate change and build strategic relationships to push the Orange Soil & Water Board forward. “I want to bring Supervisor Douglas to Tallahassee to give him a firsthand look at the legislative process and, more importantly, to be that bridge between the Orange Soil & Water Board and Tallahassee. Relationships are very important.”