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Commissioners Anthony Viegbesie and Brenda Holt Recognized as FAC Presidential Advocates

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 

Commissioners Anthony Viegbesie and Brenda Holt Recognized as FAC Presidential Advocates

Quincy, FL – The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) recognized Gadsden County CommissionersAnthony O. Viegbesie, PhD and Brenda Holt as Presidential Advocates for their work during the 2019 Legislative Session. Commissioners Viegbesie and Holt received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Orange County, Florida.

“I’m always grateful and delighted to know that I am seen as possessing the leadership skills and capabilities necessary to assist the leadership of Florida Association of Counties (FAC) in advocating its legislative agenda during the 2019 Legislative Session,” said Gadsden County Commission Chairman Anthony O. Viegbesie, PhD. “I will always seize every opportunity to highlight and advocate the legislative needs of our county. Gadsden County must be visible and participate in all ways possible to let the world know what is needed to improve the quality of life for our citizens."

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. 

“Gadsden County is committed to improving the way of life and creating opportunities for our citizens through economic development initiatives and the expansion and improvement of our local infrastructure,” said Gadsden County Commissioner Brenda Holt. “This recognition from the Florida Association of Counties proves that we are on the right path and I, as well as my colleagues on the commission, will continue to stand up and be a voice for the citizens we represent.”

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.

“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.” 

The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

For more information, contact Olivia Smith, Gadsden County Public Information Officer, at (850) 875-8671or OSmith@GadsdenCountyFL.gov.  

For more information about the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) contact Cragin Mosteller, Public Information Officer, (850) 294-9307.



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