Manatee County's Mike Bennett to serve on Florida Defense Support Task Force

Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner appointed Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett to the Florida Defense Support Task Force on June.

The task force is meant to, "preserve, protect and enhance Florida’s military missions and installations," according to a release. Bennett said its main focus is to enhance the economic benefits to the state through the military.

"That's the main emphasis," Bennett said. "I want to take a dual role with it, and also increase benefits to our veterans."

The position is unpaid, and Bennett will begin on July 1 and serve until July 2019.

Bennett is a former state senator and House representative, serving on the military affairs and domestic security committee, among others.