Florida Politics reports:
Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Rep. Cord Byrd to be Florida’s next Secretary of State. Byrd, a three-term Neptune Beach Republican, was rumored to be on the shortlist to replace outgoing Secretary of State Laurel Lee, who announced she would leave the administration Monday amid talk she would run for Congress.
In Byrd, DeSantis will have someone largely viewed as an ally leading the department that heads election efforts when he appears on the ballot for re-election in November.
“Cord Byrd has been an ally of freedom and democracy in the Florida Legislature, and I am confident he will carry that mission forward as Secretary of State,” DeSantis said in a news release. “I look forward to his successes ensuring Florida’s elections remain safe, secure and well-administered.”
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JUST IN: Gov. Ron DeSantis appoints State Rep. Cory Byrd, a Republican, as the next Florida Sec. of State
Byrd: “I will make sure Florida continues to have secure elections”https://t.co/2DhpsBg9Db
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