Governor appoints 11 to Florida Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission
Gov. Ron DeSantis recently appointed Lt. Gov. Jeanette Núñez as chair of the Florida Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, along with 10 others, including one lawyer.
The purpose of the commission is to ensure the statewide observance of the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020.
Others appointed to the committee include:
• Nancy Acevedo of Winter Springs. She is the community relations coordinator for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
• Judith Bense of Pensacola. She is an archaeologist and has worked with the University of West Florida since 1980.
• Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation. Her charity, Lauren’s Kids, was founded in 2007 to fight for stronger penalties for sex offenders. Previously, she taught in the Miami-Dade public schools.
• Julie Brown of Tampa, a lawyer and member of the Florida Public Service Commission.
• Jennifer Houghton Canady of Lakeland. She is the director of the RISE Institute at Lakeland Christian School. She coaches the school’s FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team and oversees the school’s Center for Law and Public Policy.
• Rep. Kim Daniels, D- Jacksonville. She is currently a member of the Education Committee, Subcommittee on Health Quality, Subcommittee on Government Operations and Technology, and is the ranking minority member of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Transparency and Public Management.
• Sophia Eccleston of Palm Beach. She is the external affairs manager at Florida Power and Light Company and serves as president of the board of the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County.
• Helen Aguirre Ferré of Miami. She serves as director of communications for Gov. DeSantis. Previously, Ferré was special assistant to the president and director of Media Affairs at the White House under the Trump Administration.
• Rachel Saunders Plakon of Winter Garden. She is a land specialist with NAI Realvest, a commercial real estate brokerage in Central Florida. She currently represents the Orlando-Sanford International Airport in their land and development projects.
• Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez, R-Doral. She is vice president of government affairs for the Miami Association of Realtors and serves on the board of the Florida International University President’s Council.