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Back to school: Leslie Dougher scores St. Johns River College board slot

Gov. Rick Scott rewards loyalty, and yet another example of that surfaced Thursday, when he appointed former Republican Party of Florida Chair Leslie Dougher to the St. Johns River College Board of Directors.

Dougher, 55, of Green Cove Springs, is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty. The board appointment culminates an interesting few years for her.

Dougher, a former chairwoman of the Clay County Republican Executive Committee, was chosen as interim chairwoman of the Republican Party of Florida in May 2014,

Despite Gov. Rick Scott backing her to retain that position, Rep. Blaise Ingoglia was the choice. And Scott distanced his political operation from the RPOF thereafter.

Dougher ran for an open seat in House District 19 in 2016. She and the then-incumbent’s wife, Katherine Van Zant, both were defeated by current Rep. Bobby Payne in the Republican primary.

Yet Dougher was undaunted, proving to be an asset for Scott’s Senate campaign, filing multiple complaints against the campaign of Bill Nelson.

The Nelson camp dismissed the complaints as political theatrics; however, what’s clear is that Gov. Scott appreciated his old friend’s willingness to wade into the defray, doing the thankless job of muddying the waters.

Dougher will be on the board until May 2022.

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  1. Leighton Tesche

    December 6, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    You go girl!

  2. Connie M. Schoenung

    December 7, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Congratulations, Leslie!

  3. Dena Calivas

    December 7, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Big congrats, Leslie! Thank you, once again, for all you do for our community!!

  4. Judy Fields

    December 7, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Leslie, your commitment to our county and state exemplifies your love for our country. Thank you and Congratulations!

  5. Faith Dawn Welch

    December 7, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Congratulations Leslie. It is great to see your hard work & dedication recognized.

  6. Debbie Beals

    December 7, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    This is great news Leslie! You work hard for the Community! Congratulations!!

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