Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that he is picking Seminole County Elections Supervisor Michael Ertel to serve as Florida’s next Secretary of State.
DeSantis offered his rationale for appointing Ertel to the post and election integrity was one of the chief reasons.
“As Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County – where he has been elected by the voters four times – Mike has proven that he is vastly qualified to lead the state’s elections efforts as Secretary of State, and will strive to ensure that Florida voters are confident that elections continue to be fair and accurate,” said DeSantis.
“I look forward to Mike bringing not only his elections expertise to Florida voters, but his steady leadership to the Department of State, as it seeks to improve the quality of life for all Floridians through its various activities, including preserving the state’s historical and cultural heritage; maintaining an open government by providing all Florida citizens access to information; and, enhancing Florida communities through business-friendly grant programs,” DeSantis added.
First appointed to his current post by then Gov. Jeb Bush in 2005, Ertel was retained by Seminole County voters in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Before that, Ertel worked in the media and served in the Army where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/2OLC, National Defense Service Medal and the Expert Marksmanship Badge.