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Representative Elizabeth Porter has applied for the economic development director position in Columbia County, according to Columbia County Manager Dale Williams. Porter represents District 10, which includes Suwannee, Hamilton, Baker, Columbia and part of Alachua counties.
Williams confirmed Wednesday six individuals have applied for the economic director position, and that no applications have been eliminated at this time.
“Elizabeth is an applicant and is still being considered for the position,” Williams said.
Porter, who was born and raised in Columbia County, expressed she has deep roots in Columbia County and has a personal interest to see Columbia County prosper.
“I was born and raised in this county, and most of my and my husband’s immediate family also reside here,” she said. “I have a personal interest in the future of the county and its citizens since I plan to live here for the duration of my life, and I am hopeful my children, family and friends choose to remain here as well. I desire to see Columbia County continue to do well and prosper. I believe I can facilitate the effort.”
Porter said her desire for the position is a result of her “pro-business” approach as a legislature.
Columbia County recently lost its economic director after a short tenure, and Porter said she is extremely involved in fostering the growth of Columbia County “via the promotion of pro-business policies, tax structure and business recruitment efforts as a (Columbia) county commissioner and beyond that time as a state representative.”
Porter said although part of her focus would be shifted to Columbia County as a part of her profession, she would still be able to represent the people of her district in Tallahassee as she has in the past.
“The Florida Legislature was set up to be a citizen legislature from the very beginning. The fathers of our great state specifically structured it this way because they believed that the representatives of the people of the state of Florida should be one of the people of the state of Florida,” she said. “This was done to ensure that the people’s representatives continued to be able to relate to the everyday trials and difficulties of their constituents rather than becoming a distant, ruling class of elites such as we see so often in the halls of Washington, D.C.”