TAVARES — Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell was among the 39 elected officials recently honored by the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) for his work advocating for Lake County during this year’s legislative session. Commissioner Cadwell was presented the 2015 Presidential Advocacy Award during the FAC’s annual conference in St. Johns County.
The Presidential Advocacy Award is given to county commissioners from around the state who have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with the FAC to advance the counties’ legislative agenda. This year, award recipients made multiple trips to Tallahassee to fight for the counties’ priority issues and the preservation of home rule.
A lifelong resident of Lake County, Commissioner Welton Cadwell has represented District 5 since 1992.
Commissioner Cadwell is focused on increasing Lake County’s employment base and continues to work to raise local income levels by supporting the county’s active role in fostering industry and economic development. He is dedicated to improving and maintaining green areas and active parks, and was instrumental in helping the county secure a public-private partnership deal to build the state’s largest sand-beach volleyball complex in Tavares.
His efforts often reach beyond the borders of Lake County, as Commissioner Cadwell also serves on several regional, statewide and national boards and committees, including his current role as Chairman of the Central Florida Expressway Authority.
For 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties 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. For more information, visit www.fl-counties.com.