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Boca’s first look at new elections supervisor

The county’s new supervisor of elections made her first public appearance in Boca at the packed Chamber breakfast.

Wendy Sartory Link was charming and articulate at the podium introducing her longtime friend Dr. Ava Parker, president of Palm Beach State College.

But first she assured the audience her office is non-partisan and stands for “integrity, accountability and customer service.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed the attorney to the post in January after suspending longtime supervisor Susan Bucher.

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At the Boca Chamber breakfast were, from left, Tim Snow, Roxana Scaffidi, Susan Saturday, Dr. Ava Parker, Wendy Link, Ethel Issacs Williams and Troy McLellan.

Palm Beach County hasn’t had a reputation for good elections,” Link said. “That won’t change overnight.”

Link’s now looking for 4,500 poll workers to be trained on new election equipment.  “Consider giving your employees the day off,” on Election Day next March, she told the business crowd.

In her keynote talk, Parker said Palm Beach State trains a work force that stays local. The college has 50,000 students on five campuses, including Boca, she said.

They offer associates and bachelors’ degrees and certifications. There’s an honors college and they partner with Florida Atlantic University. The school trains many registered nurses among 130 programs. A new grant is for aviation, aerospace, clean tech and defense.

“So many of our students are the first person in their family to go to college,” she said. “When our students transfer to FAU as juniors, they’re at the front of the class.”

By Marci Shatzman

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