The Florida Association of Counties has honored Hillsborough County District 3 Commissioner Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr. with the 2013 Presidential Advocate Award for his strong commitment to local government issues during the 2013 Florida Legislative Session. Commissioner Miller was presented the award at a special luncheon during the 2013 Florida Association of County’s (FAC) Annual Conference & Exposition on Wednesday, June 26 at the Marriott Tampa Waterside in downtown Tampa.
As a former state legislator, Commissioner Miller’s experience and contacts made his voice especially effective as he educated legislators on FAC’s priority issues, specifically the State-County Cost Share of Medicaid.
“It is public servants like Commissioner Miller that ensure our local communities have the authority to respond to the demands of their citizens,” said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. “Commissioner Miller’s support in our efforts to create and equitable and fair solution to Medicaid cost share was essential in getting rid of the cumbersome and erroneous billing system that has been in place for years.”
“Your dedication to improve and maintain a high quality of life for all Floridians and to strengthen public policy is especially appreciated,” wrote FAC President Bryan Desloge.
“It has been an honor to work with state legislators on solutions to the issues that matter greatly at the County level and impact the quality of life for all Floridians,” said Commissioner Miller. “I will continue to do what I can at all levels of government to improve the lives of our residents.”
The Presidential Advocacy Award is given annually to those county commissioners from around the state that who have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC to advance the counties’ legislative agenda. Commissioner Miller was one of 12 commissioners statewide to receive this award.
For 80 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.