TAMPA BAY TIMES: Editorial: A promising start for Florida’s incoming governor

Tampa Bay Times: January 4th, 2019.

Ron DeSantis narrowly won the governor’s race by relying on President Donald Trump’s endorsement, demonizing his opponent and avoiding clear positions on many state issues. When the 40-year-old Republican is sworn into office Tuesday as the youngest governor in a century, the Tallahassee outsider will become the governor for all Floridians and face a steep learning curve. Yet DeSantis has an opportunity to be an approachable, engaged and thoughtful governor who can make a long-term impact in a vibrant state facing significant challenges.

The two months between the election and Tuesday’s inauguration have been encouraging. The transition committees reviewing various policy areas have generally been inclusive and open, and DeSantis has leaned toward solid experience and Tallahassee backgrounds in making key appointments. Seminole Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel is an excellent choice for secretary of state, the state’s chief elections official. Another strong selection is Simone Marstiller, a former appeals court judge who also worked for former Gov. Jeb Bush, to run the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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