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Florida secretary of state resigns ahead of midterm elections

FILE – Florida secretary of state Laurel Lee speaks at pre-legislative news conference on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. Lee is resigning her post as the state’s top election official. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office made the announcement Thursday, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Florida secretary of state resigns ahead of midterm elections

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Floridas secretary of state is resigning from her position after three years, a move that comes months ahead of the midterm elections in November.

Laurel Lee, who oversees the Division of Elections, submitted her letter of resignation to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday, vowing to “continue” to do what is best for the people of Florida. Lee’s resignation is effective on May 16, according to the letter obtained by News 6.

“I will continue to seek what’s best for the citizens of Florida and will always be proud of what we accomplished together,” Lee wrote in her letter.

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“Together, we protected and grew Florida’s competitive business climate, preserved Florida’s incredible historical resources, supported Florida’s arts and culture community, and strengthened Florida’s election systems,” Lee said. “Because of your leadership, the Department of State is stronger and better than when we found it.”

There are some early signs that Lee is preparing a campaign for Florida’s 15th Congressional District. Maria Matthews, the director of the Division of Elections, said that Lee was resigning in order to pursue “other opportunities,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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“I am grateful for your support throughout my tenure, and I am honored to have been part of your vision for our state,” Lee said in her letter, adding that she was looking forward to “what the future holds.”

DeSantis is faced with appointing someone to fill Lee’s position a little more than a month ahead of when candidates must qualify in order to run in the Senate, congressional, and gubernatorial races.

The Washington Examiner reached out to Lee’s and DeSantis’s offices for comment.

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