Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link. Courtesy photo. Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link. Courtesy photo.

A West Palm Beach attorney is the new Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

Real estate litigator Wendy Link replaces Susan Bucher, who Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fired Friday amid heavy criticism over the handling of Palm Beach County’s recount efforts in the 2018 midterm elections.

DeSantis named Link to the position during a press conference held Friday on the steps of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. He touted Link’s experience, citing her “more than 25 years of legal experience in private practice” and private law firm. “She has a proven track record of public service,” DeSantis said. “She’ll provide the leadership that’s needed here in Palm Beach.”

The governor also noted Link would not seek re-election and only intends to serve a two-year term. Link affirmed her truncated tenure.

“Over the next two years I am going to ensure Palm Beach County is well prepared for every election,” Link said during the press conference. “I’m going to focus on conducting open, fair and accurate elections for the citizens of our county. … We’re going to be impartial and nonpartisan in the way we conduct ourselves.”

“I’ve [got] a lot to learn and I’m ready to get started,” she said.

Terrie Rizzo, the Florida Democratic Party chair, decried DeSantis’ treatment of Bucher.

“In the United States, our elections are sacred and our elections supervisors are democratically elected. The governor’s recent power grab, removing Democrats from elected positions, including Susan Bucher, should be seen for what it is: a gross overreach and a politically motivated move to consolidate power and obstruct the will of the people,” Rizzo said in a statement released following the press conference.

Link’s Florida Bar page lists her as a private practitioner. According to her biography on the State University System Board of Governors website, Link helped to found Ackerman Link & Sartory with David Ackerman in 1996. She also sits on several committees in her role with the University System Board of Governors, including the Academic and Research Excellence Committee and the Tuition Appeals Committee.

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