TAVARES —The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell with the Presidential Advocacy Award during the 2016 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition in Orange County this week. The award is given annually to those county commissioners from around the state who have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC to advance counties’ legislative agenda.
“Commissioner Cadwell’s willingness to advocate for counties was not only essential to the success of FAC’s legislative efforts, but it was also of great service to the citizens of Lake County,” said FAC Executive Director Scott Shalley. “The commissioner’s advocacy was invaluable in helping ensure that local governments are provided the flexibility and tools they need to meet the needs of Florida’s citizens.”
Commissioner Cadwell, who has served as the District 5 commissioner since 1992, said, “Helping to protect our home rule power is part of my job.”
In addition to representing Lake County, Commissioner Cadwell currently serves as the Chairman of the Central Florida Expressway Authority, and sits on several regional, national and statewide committees, including the National Association of Counties’ Community and Economic Development Steering Committee; Regional Planning Council - Board of Directors and Executive Committee; St. Johns River Alliance Board of Directors; and the Florida Local Government Investment Trust – Board of Trustees, to name a few.
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.