Tallahassee, FL - Political leadership in trying and difficult times — such as those facing state and local policymakers today — is the topic of an event to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, in the D’Alemberte Rotunda at the Florida State University College of Law.
“Leadership in Tough Times” will feature former Republican Gov. Bob Martinez of Tampa and Democratic Rep. Ron Saunders of Key West, minority leader of the Florida House of Representatives. Allison DeFoor, chair of the LeRoy Collins Institute, will moderate the session.
Both speakers have had experience in earlier years when the state of Florida was making tough choices in difficult economic times. Martinez has broad intergovernmental experience — as mayor of Tampa (1979-1986), governor of Florida (1987-1991), and U.S. drug czar in the George H.W. Bush administration (1991-1993). Saunders served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1986 to 1994 and as appropriations committee chair from 1990 to 1992. He was elected to the House again in 2006 and in subsequent terms.
The LeRoy Collins Institute, the Center for the Study of Democratic Performance (CSDP) at FSU and The Village Square are sponsoring the event.
The LeRoy Collins Institute, located at FSU, is an independent, nonpartisan organization that studies and promotes creative solutions to key private and public issues facing the people of Florida and the nation. The CSDP promotes research on how democratic institutions and processes affect such things as voting, representation, and policy making. The Village Square is a non-partisan public educational forum on matters of local, state and national importance that promotes civil dialog on divisive issues.
The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Visit http://tothevillagesquare.org/ to RSVP.