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The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) recognized Osceola County Commissioners Peggy Choudhry, Brandon Arrington, Cheryl Grieb, Viviana Janer and Fred Hawkins Jr. as Presidential Advocates for their work during the 2019 Legislative Session. Commissioners received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Orange County.
“It’s an honor to be able to represent the citizens of Osceola County in front of officials in Tallahassee,” said Choudhry. “Advocating with state lawmakers is important as we promote and safeguard those things we all know are necessary to make Osceola County a better place.”
“Ensuring the delivery of good government for my constituents involves serving as a watchdog and voice in Tallahassee,” said Arrington. “With each session of the Legislature, I’m reminded of how important it is to make sure that lawmakers understand the complexity of the issues we all face and how the consequences of their actions can impact Osceola County citizens.”
“I’m proud of my role to develop policy that serves the state and residents in Osceola County,” said Grieb. “Water continues to be a key concern in Tallahassee and I’m thankful for the ability to work on this, as well as other issues that will help in growing our future in a positive way.”
“It’s an honor to be able to represent the people of Osceola County and to advocate for them in Tallahassee where decisions by lawmakers can have a lasting impact,” said Janer. “Working on issues of day and helping shape policy is one way to make sure that our residents’ future is bright and our county’s promise is fulfilled.”
“As a leader, commissioners have a duty to make sure that the voice of the people is heard in Tallahassee,” said Hawkins. “Communicating and advocating during the decision-making process is vital to the process of good government.”
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.