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Florida gets a new Secretary of State
Michael Ertel, FL Secretary of State
Gov.- elect Ron DeSantis has appointed Michael Ertel as Florida’s new Secretary of State. Ertel has been Supervisor of Elections in Central Florida’s Seminole County for 13 years.
An Army veteran and former radio host, Ertel will replace current Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2012.
In its announcement, the DeSantis transition team said Ertel has won awards for his work as an Elections Supervisor:
“Ertel has twice won International Electoral Awards, in 2013 for rebuilding voter trust, and in 2017 for voter engagement. He was one of ten inaugural recipients of Campaigns and Elections’ Innovator Awards. Ertel has been featured internationally on Fox News, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the U.K. Daily Mail.”
Ertel attended the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the journalism program at the Defense Information School, according to information provided by the DeSantis transition team. Ertel completed the Crummer mini-MBA at Rollins College in 2015, the announcement said.
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