public service – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 08:20:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dawnforgovernor.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1.png public service – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ 32 32 2023: Top APC politician declares ambition to contest Kaduna gubernatorial election and donates 59 cars https://dawnforgovernor.org/2023-top-apc-politician-declares-ambition-to-contest-kaduna-gubernatorial-election-and-donates-59-cars/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 14:22:41 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/2023-top-apc-politician-declares-ambition-to-contest-kaduna-gubernatorial-election-and-donates-59-cars/ The lawmaker representing Kaduna North Central in the National Assembly, Uba Sani, has announced his interest in running for the governorship of Kaduna State. Legit.ngKaduna regional reporter Nasir Dambatta, reports that Senator Sani made the declaration to run for the number one seat in Kaduna at the All Progressives Congress (APC) Secretary of State on […]]]>

The lawmaker representing Kaduna North Central in the National Assembly, Uba Sani, has announced his interest in running for the governorship of Kaduna State.

Legit.ngKaduna regional reporter Nasir Dambatta, reports that Senator Sani made the declaration to run for the number one seat in Kaduna at the All Progressives Congress (APC) Secretary of State on Tuesday, March 15.

The lawmaker, while stating that he was at the party secretariat seeking support for his political call to lead the residents of the state, said the cooperation of the people and party members would be appreciated.

Senator Uba Sani has announced that he will run for governor in Kaduna State. Credit: Uba Sani.
Source: Facebook

During a public presentation in Kaduna on the theme of sustaining and building a legacy of outstanding public service and impact, Senator Uba highlighted his longstanding alliance with “the dynamic, innovative and resourceful Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.”

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Uba, who said Governor Elrufai had changed the face of Kaduna and made it the envy of all, also made on-site donations of 59 cars in recognition of the work of APC leaders and government presidents. local.

He said:

“I donated 59 cars to them to facilitate their work and motivate them to prepare for the electoral battle of 2023.”

Sani noted that Elrufai’s transformational leadership and development drive has redefined and raised the bar for governance, he said the high standards he has set are both a source of pride and a challenge for his associates and followers.

The occasion was eminently graced by party bigwigs, including the state president, vice president, secretary, and other members of the state executive committee.

Delivering the declaration speech, Uba Sani observed that under El Rufa’i, Kaduna State underwent a major revolution.

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He added:

“The State has been totally reworked; and this is demonstrated by the remarkable milestones that the State has recorded in policies, infrastructure, health, education, water resources, agriculture, agribusiness, to name a few. This is truly a new dawn in Kaduna State.”

“The huge challenge ahead of the state, he said, is how to maintain and grow El-Rufai’s legacy of exceptional public service and impact.

“It’s because a reversal of those gains in the post-2023 era will be a huge tragedy. Our people have witnessed selfless and impactful leadership and cannot settle for anything less.”

His words:

“I have come to inform you of my intention to run for governor of the APC. I also need your support to achieve this goal.”

Senator Uba said he had stepped forward to carry the banner of continuity as an understudy for El-Rufai, adding that he had worked closely with the governor and understood his vision and mission.

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He emphasized that he is in a good position to maintain his vision and mission as he knows the development challenges of Kaduna State.

Sani recalled that he had worked closely with El Rufa’i for more than 20 years – spanning his days at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the time he served as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) .

The legislator said:

“And when President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed me Senior Special Assistant for Public Affairs, I benefited immensely from the sage advice of El Rufa’i, who was a key and highly respected member of the administration at the time. Obasanjo. I have remained a key ally of the Governor since he took office as Governor of Kaduna State.”

Apprehension as prominent northerner quits APC, proves right

The Kaduna State branch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had lost an influential member of the ruling party.

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Samaila Suleiman, a former member of the House of Representatives, said her defection was motivated by the alleged “factionalisation” of the party at the national level.

Suleiman, who represented Kaduna North Federal Constituency, however, did not say whether he would join another party.

Kaduna’s top senator quits PDP and joins Kwankwaso in NNPP

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Northern Senatorial District in the Eighth Senate, Suleiman Hunkuyi, has quit the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Hunkuyi announced the new development in a letter to the chairman of his ward in Kudan Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

In the letter dated February 25, the former lawmaker said he had withdrawn his membership in the PDP.

Source: Legit.ng

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Editorial: Beware government officials who choose secrecy | Editorial https://dawnforgovernor.org/editorial-beware-government-officials-who-choose-secrecy-editorial/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/editorial-beware-government-officials-who-choose-secrecy-editorial/ It’s always troubling when a government agency opts for secrecy, especially when it comes to public funding. The latest closing of records comes from Dan Sivard, Director of Purchasing for the Office of Management and Business Services. He’s decided that the $12 billion in federal COVID-19 package funding requests aren’t in everyone’s eyes. As the […]]]>

It’s always troubling when a government agency opts for secrecy, especially when it comes to public funding.

The latest closing of records comes from Dan Sivard, Director of Purchasing for the Office of Management and Business Services. He’s decided that the $12 billion in federal COVID-19 package funding requests aren’t in everyone’s eyes.

As the nonprofit Oklahoma Watch has reported, this is contrary to similar requests by agencies in the Legislative Assembly that are made public during budget hearings or during session. Some American Rescue Plan Act requests come from state agencies and county and municipal governments.

Oklahoma has $1.87 billion to spend. The legislature has created a joint committee and task forces to assess the nominations, which will go through a scoring process. Governor Kevin Stitt will approve the winning picks. The money must be allocated by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026.

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A memo from Sivard argues that apps are not “records” as defined by the Open Records Act. Furthermore, he argues that applications are similar to “offers” and may contain financial information, using it as privacy reasons.

An OMES spokesperson added that the applications involve both public and private entities, likening the process to sourcing vendors and citing the number of proposed projects – 788 – as “a big differentiator”.

These arguments seem to seek justification to prevent the public from scrutinizing government actions.

The philosophy behind the state’s Open Records Act is that records created and maintained by government entities are open unless specifically exempted by law. It takes a hit every year as special interests convince lawmakers they have a reason for an exemption.

Over time, more and more documents became more difficult to obtain. It is easier for officials to avoid scrutiny and potential criticism.

Oklahoma Watch sought the application of the Oklahoma State Department of Health which requested funds for its outsourced public health laboratory and its pandemic research center, two projects criticized for the way they were managed.

The Department of Health directed reporters to OMES, prompting Sivard to determine secrecy.

Transparency cannot be an empty word in the public service. If officials are truly committed to open government, they will keep records open and stop playing games with the state’s Open Records Act.

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Senior Croatian government official sentenced for corruption in the field of art https://dawnforgovernor.org/senior-croatian-government-official-sentenced-for-corruption-in-the-field-of-art/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 11:45:48 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/senior-croatian-government-official-sentenced-for-corruption-in-the-field-of-art/ The former president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Nadan Vidosevic, was found guilty of corruption on multiple counts, including the purchase of works of art with the money of the public service. The eight-year sentence (pending appeal) was handed down by Zagreb County Court in December. It follows a lengthy investigation into the public […]]]>

The former president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Nadan Vidosevic, was found guilty of corruption on multiple counts, including the purchase of works of art with the money of the public service.

The eight-year sentence (pending appeal) was handed down by Zagreb County Court in December. It follows a lengthy investigation into the public figure, who was employed in the chamber between 1995 and 2013 and ran for president in 2009, prompted by suspicions over his 26 properties, more than 400 works of art and his possession of HRK 33.4 million (£3.7m).

While police investigations later concluded that much of the property had been acquired legitimately, some of the artwork was found to have been purchased “for private purposes”, misusing funds or public influence; three sculptures by Croatian artist Šime Vulas, titled Sails, armored fortress and To cross, and two works by Croatian sculptor Kazimir Hraste. All works were deemed to be now the property of the Croatian Republic.

The other charges related to the embezzlement of money for personal purposes and were first brought amid a wave of investigations against senior officials, including former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader.f

Corruption issues are still of considerable importance in Croatia and the region

Aleksandar Stulhofer, professor

The co-defendants, who were all also employed or connected with the Chamber of Commerce, included Zdenka Peternel, who was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment (pending appeal), while Josipa Miladinov and Jasna Mikić were acquitted. Four other defendants offered pleas and received community service. The arts journalAttempts to contact representatives of the defendants were unsuccessful at the time of publication.

“Corruption issues are still of paramount importance in Croatia and the region, although there is a real risk of desensitization due to the number of open cases and the length of court proceedings,” says Aleksandar Štulhofer, professor of sociology at the University of Zagreb, who has researched corruption in the region.

International control

The significance of art purchases in this major corruption investigation comes at a significant time for the art market, which is coming under increasing scrutiny from international governments.

As anti-money laundering regulations in the UK continue to take hold, the recent publication of the US Anti-Corruption Strategy in December specifically noted “art and antiques markets – and market players who facilitate transactions -[as] particularly vulnerable to financial crimes”. The strategy has faced some backlash, in light of US President Joe Biden’s son’s continued ties to the art world, but signals a clear intention by the administration to tighten scrutiny of the sector.

As regulations tighten, high-profile cases look likely to continue. “Because politicians are public figures, their prosecution usually receives wide media attention,” says Georges Lederman, special counsel with Withers’ white-collar defense team. “Because prosecutors don’t have the resources to prosecute every person who commits a crime, especially in the white-collar realm, making an example of a politician is designed to act as a deterrent against those who might be considering engage in similar acts of corruption. .”

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Government official Mr Alex Aiken visits the University of Cumbria https://dawnforgovernor.org/government-official-mr-alex-aiken-visits-the-university-of-cumbria/ Tue, 08 Feb 2022 17:01:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/government-official-mr-alex-aiken-visits-the-university-of-cumbria/ Last week a government official visited students at the University of Cumbria as part of a two-day trip to the county. The Executive Director of Government Communications, Mr. Alex Aiken, visited the Fusehill Street University campus in Carlisle. Where he met Vice-Chancellor Professor Julie Mennell to learn more about some of the key partnerships and […]]]>

Last week a government official visited students at the University of Cumbria as part of a two-day trip to the county.

The Executive Director of Government Communications, Mr. Alex Aiken, visited the Fusehill Street University campus in Carlisle.

Where he met Vice-Chancellor Professor Julie Mennell to learn more about some of the key partnerships and projects the university is involved in.

Professor Julie Mennell said: “We are delighted that Alex Aiken came to visit our university, which allowed us to share with him our progress and our ambitions to build on our achievements to date.

“We are firmly rooted in the prosperity and success of Cumbria, the wider Borderlands and the North West, with a strong focus on place and partnership.

“Since our inception in 2007, we have diversified our portfolio to meet the emerging needs of employers, students and our region.

Professor Mennell added: “Informed by the development of industry strategies and skills plans from our local business partnerships, and our work with employers, as we move towards 2030, providing vital upskilling/reskilling solutions remains a key priority for us.”

Discussions focused on The Carlisle Business Exchange initiative and the Center for Digital Transformation. Both are part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal project to build a new university campus on the Carlisle Citadels site.

His visit to the Carlisle campus followed a panel discussion on the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Agreement with Cumbria LEP, the National Farmers Union (NFU), the university and other business representatives.

The roundtable, held in Penrith, focused on the government’s investments in the Borderlands project in transport, digital connectivity, green energy and tourism.

Executive Director of Government Communications, Mr Alex Aiken, said: “It was great to meet the Vice-Chancellor and members of her team at the University of Cumbria today.

“It was encouraging to learn of the university’s involvement in the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal and to hear how the Citadels business infrastructure project will drive local and regional growth, develop skills and opportunities, and contribute to the plan. government to level up in Cumbria.

“It was wonderful talking to the students about government communications, career opportunities and his important role in public service.”

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Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin Enters GOP Governor’s Race As Expensive Campaign Season Looms | Chicago News https://dawnforgovernor.org/aurora-mayor-richard-irvin-enters-gop-governors-race-as-expensive-campaign-season-looms-chicago-news/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 02:59:19 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/aurora-mayor-richard-irvin-enters-gop-governors-race-as-expensive-campaign-season-looms-chicago-news/ It’s been nearly a year since candidates began announcing their intention to run for governor of Illinois, but on Monday a new entrant shook up the race. Mayor of Aurora Richard Irvin said he was running as a Republican in an online video. “I grew up in public housing in section eight in Aurora, where […]]]>

It’s been nearly a year since candidates began announcing their intention to run for governor of Illinois, but on Monday a new entrant shook up the race.

Mayor of Aurora Richard Irvin said he was running as a Republican in an online video.

“I grew up in public housing in section eight in Aurora, where I’m now mayor. Mom had me when I was 16. A single mom who worked two jobs. I didn’t really have a dad, but my grandfather son of Richard Baxter Irvin taught me to believe in myself, to do my best in whatever I did, as he did as a skilled craftsman in the factories after the war II,” Irvin says in the video. “I joined the military, like him. Served in Desert Storm, developed the discipline to complete a mission.

Irvin, the great-grandson of a slave, became a lawyer and prosecutor. In 2017, he became the first black mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city.

As his Martin Luther King Jr. Day campaign ad points out, if he wins the primary, Irvin would be the first black candidate for governor of either major Illinois party.

Irvin was not made available to reporters and a campaign spokesperson said he would be doing interviews soon.

Despite the silent deployment, Irvin is attracting a lot of attention, in part because he seems likely to get financial backing from Illinois’ wealthiest man, Ken Griffin, founder of the Citadel hedge fund.

“Unlike the current governor who was born into wealth and has demonstrated little urgency or progress in improving our state, Richard Irvin’s life embodies the American dream and a true commitment to building stronger communities,” Griffin said in a statement. “From humble beginnings, he put himself through college with the help of the GI Bill and chose to enter public service to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Griffin helped fund the successful effort against Governor J.B. Pritzker’s move to move Illinois to a progressive income tax system. At an Economic Club of Chicago event last October, Griffin came out strong against the Pritzker mandate.

“It’s a shame our governor doesn’t fit into the challenge of fighting crime in our city. It’s a shame,” Griffin said. the plank because we have a government in our state that continually puts votes in front of people, votes in front of lives, votes in front of schools and we need to start taking back our state bit by bit from people who put their politics first and put our people second.

Griffin’s statement does not explicitly say he will fund Irvin’s run. Other GOP candidates vying for the nomination are State Senator Darren Bailey, businessman Gary Rabine, former State Senator and ex-Marine Paul Schimpf and venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan.

Griffin isn’t the only one likely to open his wallet. In fact, Pritzker has already done this.

Four years ago, Pritzker, heir to the Hyatt fortune, splashed out $170 million of his money to win his first elected term. He has so far invested more than $130 million in his campaign fund for this election cycle, including $90 million on Friday.

“The core area of ​​the GOP continues to grow, but one thing remains the same: the people of Illinois do not want a repeat of the years of Bruce Rauner’s mismanagement and disastrous policies that set our state back.” a Pritzker spokesperson said in a statement. “The governor is focused on continuing to lead Illinois in these difficult times, building on its record of paying our bills on time and improving the state’s credit rating, investing in our roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure, and setting a national standard for climate action that will reduce energy costs and create jobs.

Other comments from Democrats and Republicans attack Irvin more directly, with criticism from labor unions and the abortion rights organization Personal PAC.

Some black lawmakers have also accused Irvin of co-opting Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

‘On a day dedicated to service, equality and protection for those on the margins of society, the Republican Party showed that its shallow opportunism does not take days off,’ the Black Presidents said. Illinois Legislative Caucus, Robert Peters, Sonya Harper and Kam Buckner.

Even before Irvin made his run official, the Democratic Governor’s Association released a video showing Irvin in his town hall ability complimenting Pritzker.

The Illinois Republican Party does not endorse primary candidates, but in a statement President Don Tracy proclaimed Irvin a full member.

“Mayor Richard Irvin is a Republican, and I welcome any Republican who wants to join our already stellar group of GOP gubernatorial candidates,” Tracy said in the statement. “I urge all Republicans to adopt Ronald Reagan’s famous 11th Commandment and focus their fire on Governor JB Pritzker. Don’t be distracted by the lies of the Democratic Governors Association, Pritzker and their allies who may try to influence the GOP primary. I’m confident we’ll have a primary that’s bustling with ideas, backgrounds, and plans for the future, that GOP primary voters will pick the best candidate to defeat Pritzker, and that after the primary, Republicans will will unite around our candidate.

Republicans are struggling to gain a foothold in Illinois state politics, especially after former Gov. Bruce Rauner lost to Pritzker four years ago.

There are also tensions between the right and moderate wings of the party, and leaders of the latter camp fear that if a conservative emerges from the primary they will be beaten by Pritzker in the general election.

Former House Republican leader Tom Cross of Oswego serves as Irvin’s campaign co-chair. He said Irvin has a crossover appeal that will appeal to Republicans and a wider audience.

“If you want to talk about the economy, you want to talk about taxes, you want to talk about balanced budgets, that’s a column that’s going to be strong for Richard. If you want to talk about crime, it’s going to be a very, very strong column. for Richard,” Cross said. “I think he is, along with his running mate (State Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Morrisonville), they’re right about the issues and I would say the start of revitalization and the resurgence of this party.”

Irvin appears to be running at the top of a slate with other Republicans vying for a statewide post, with attorney Steve Kim running for attorney general, the former U.S. attorney from the center of Illinois John Milhiser as Secretary of State, State Representative Tom Demmer as Treasurer, and McHenry. County Auditor Shannon Teresi for Comptroller.

There is a GOP contest for the nomination of Secretary of State, with State Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington also running.

It’s an open seat given that longtime incumbent Jesse White, a Democrat, is no longer running. This led to a battle for the Democratic nomination between former state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Chicago Ald. David Moore (17and Ward) and Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia.

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Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Luis Singson: The man behind the politician https://dawnforgovernor.org/ilocos-sur-gov-ryan-luis-singson-the-man-behind-the-politician/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/ilocos-sur-gov-ryan-luis-singson-the-man-behind-the-politician/ WORDSWORTH – Mons Romulo – Star from the Philippines December 21, 2021 | 00h00 When traveling to Ilocos Sur, which is about six to eight hours north of Metro Manila, one cannot help but admire the rich farmland planted with corn, palay and Virginia-type tobacco. and the kilometers of roads and bridges that connect the […]]]>


WORDSWORTH – Mons Romulo – Star from the Philippines

December 21, 2021 | 00h00

When traveling to Ilocos Sur, which is about six to eight hours north of Metro Manila, one cannot help but admire the rich farmland planted with corn, palay and Virginia-type tobacco. and the kilometers of roads and bridges that connect the 34 cities and municipalities of the province.

The people are in a good mood, often shy. They go about their business and are ready to help when needed. As we discover the beauty of the coasts and mountains of Ilocos Sur, we gain insight into the nature and management style of the “father of the province,” Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson, whose contribution to peace, the safety and progress is remarkable.

Son of political pillar Luis Chavit Singson and the late Evelyn Singson, Governor Ryan began his political career in 2010. Graduated in Hospitality Management and Institutional Management from De La Salle University – Saint Benilde College, he is is primarily a businessman, being the owner of the Vigan Plaza Hotel in Vigan City.

But the call to public service beckoned him and 11 years later he accomplished the gargantuan task of leading Ilocos Sur to the peaceful and prosperous province it is today.

For Governor Ryan, the test of a true leader is how he responds to adversity and helps transform challenges for the good of his people.

One of the sectors that is most important to him is that of the province’s agro-fishing. He believes that farmers and fishermen are the backbone of the province and help them become self-reliant by continuously providing agricultural and fishing tools, machinery and equipment and strengthening the role of cooperatives in the province.

Now at the end of his three terms, he looks forward to continuing to serve his fellow Ilocanos, this time as Vice Governor and looks forward to spending more time with his beautiful wife, Patch Savellano Singson, his daughter. Elise and her sons Rylus and Ryker.

When asked what his favorite quote was, he quickly replied, “That’s a quote from American football coach Vince Lombardi, which is:” The price of success is hard work, dedication to work. to accomplish and the determination that we win or lose, we applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. ‘”

He continues: “I believe this quote applies not only in the realm of public service, but in every given situation; this has been my guide from the first day I entered the arena of public service.

We asked his wife Patch to share 10 things about Governor Ryan with us.

“He’s a cleanliness freak. “

1. He’s a neat freak. He is obsessed with cleaning and remodeling the house. He loves to restore things. I don’t know what it is, but he loves to take something dirty and make it clean.

2. He loves the outdoors. He enjoys camping, driving, going to the beach, hiking and trail running. He loves nature. He loves camping in Cervantes, Saucedo and in the highland towns of Ilocos Sur, because of the good weather. He loves Amanpulo!

3. People think he is fearless, and he is wrong. Besides the obvious fears like losing a loved one or something bad happening to a loved one, he also has a lot of fears. He is afraid of spiders and cockroaches. How does he overcome his fears? Ryan is a very strong man. He faces his fears one day and one moment at a time. He is a very positive person. He prays. He still thinks that everything will work out in God’s plan.

4. It’s a morning person. He sleeps around 10-11 p.m. and wakes up between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. and starts his day by going to the gym.

5. He loves sports. He was a college football player in high school at Brent International School. This is one of the reasons he encourages children to play sports. And that’s one of the reasons he has done a lot to promote sport in our province.

6. He finds all fun. He laughs at anything or everything. He is so “mababaw”. He loves watching funny videos and laughs about it to himself. Correction! Not just laughing, but literally rolling across the floor laughing. He especially likes the IG posts by Lucky Manzano and @ khaby00.

7. He’s a good cook. He loves to cook. I love their steak and Vigan longganisa pasta.

8. He has previously stayed in a dormitory. He studied in the United States at the age of nine and spent three years in a dormitory at Judson School in Arizona.

9. He’s a Star Wars fan. He loves to collect Star Wars collectibles. He even watches all the movies hundreds of times.

10. He loves the PlayStation. He can stay all day, literally 24 hours in the AV room just to play. It is his mode of relaxation. His favorites are “Call of Duty” and anything that contains zombies. He’s a zombie fan. *

(We appreciate your suggestions and comments. Please email me at monsrt@gmail.com. Follow me on Instagram @monsromulo.)


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Former Duluth Mayor Ben Boo ‘accomplished politician’ dies at 96 https://dawnforgovernor.org/former-duluth-mayor-ben-boo-accomplished-politician-dies-at-96/ Fri, 10 Dec 2021 18:02:29 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/former-duluth-mayor-ben-boo-accomplished-politician-dies-at-96/ DULUTH – Ben Boo, former mayor of Duluth and state representative who ruled the city through the unrest of the extension of Interstate 35 and the devastating shutdown of US Steel operations, died on December 1. He was 96 years old. “He was an accomplished politician,” said Duke Skorich, a former Duluth reporter and radio […]]]>


DULUTH – Ben Boo, former mayor of Duluth and state representative who ruled the city through the unrest of the extension of Interstate 35 and the devastating shutdown of US Steel operations, died on December 1. He was 96 years old.

“He was an accomplished politician,” said Duke Skorich, a former Duluth reporter and radio personality who covered Boo. “He had a clear vision and foresight to bring the pieces and the people together to get things done. To achieve positive change for this city at a time when he desperately needed it.”

Boo served two terms as mayor, from 1967 to 1975 and five terms as a state representative, from 1984 to 1993. He also headed the Western Lake Superior Health District and the Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission. , and narrowly lost an application to become the state representative. lieutenant governor in 1970 when he ran with a split Republican ticket against Rudy Perpich, who would ultimately become governor of Minnesota.

Boo was unpretentious, with a “quietly confident” leadership style, said Tom Berkelman, a former Duluth state representative who worked at town hall when Boo was mayor.

“He built coalitions based on respect and trust,” Berkelman said of Boo, who arrived for work before everyone else, at 6 a.m. “He just led. It was never about him.”

Kent Worley, a landscape architect who first worked in Duluth in 1967, remembers writing a letter to Boo in 1970 criticizing plans to build a section of I-35 22 feet above the Lake Superior.

“It was such a horrible plan,” said Worley, who would reduce access and views of Lake Superior, oblivious to the importance of the precious resource. His letter reached Boo and triggered a sequence of events that included a further federally funded study and construction stoppage.

“Ben had respect for the audience and he responded to the audience,” Worley said. “And he followed.”

Skorich recalled a time when he reported on dilapidated downtown hotels, including the Metropole, which housed low-income residents in outrageous conditions. Boo asked him not to expose the conditions, as this would cause buildings to close and put residents in a cold place, he said, and he needed more time to find suitable accommodation.

“It started Duluth’s move towards (providing better) low-income housing,” Skorich said.

As a lawmaker, Boo was a “pragmatic Republican,” said Ben Gustafson, who served as state representative for Duluth alongside Boo in the early 1980s.

A Democrat, Gustafson said, he was still able to sit down with Boo and have a friendly chat about issues “during an epic period of economic development in Duluth and northeastern Minnesota … (Boo) represented the good side of public service “.

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, who lived near Boo for several years, called it a “treasure.”

Boo was walking around the neighborhood twice a day, she said, while smoking her signature pipe.

“He was waving or saying hello – always friendly, never intrusive,” she said. “He never told me he was mayor, but of course we all knew that. I really appreciated that in many ways he was just one person – a proud father. of his community and attentive to our neighborhood. “

Boo is survived by his wife, Mary; sons Chris, Peter, Michael and Matt; daughter Mary Jeronimus; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Services have taken place.


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Keys politician denies domestic violence allegations https://dawnforgovernor.org/keys-politician-denies-domestic-violence-allegations/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 22:28:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/keys-politician-denies-domestic-violence-allegations/ Monroe County Commissioner Eddie Martinez Monroe County photo The Florida Keys politician arrested this week in Hialeah for domestic violence denies allegations by his wife and children that he mistreated them, a local newspaper reported on Friday. “All I’m going to say is this is just a charge,” Monroe County Commissioner Eddie Martinez said in […]]]>


Monroe County Commissioner Eddie Martinez

Monroe County Commissioner Eddie Martinez

The Florida Keys politician arrested this week in Hialeah for domestic violence denies allegations by his wife and children that he mistreated them, a local newspaper reported on Friday.

“All I’m going to say is this is just a charge,” Monroe County Commissioner Eddie Martinez said in a text to the citizen of key west.

Meanwhile, the majority of his colleagues on the platform, all Republicans, have told the Miami Herald they believe he should step down.

“Personally, I think he should resign. He needs time to get his life in order. And the stress of the public service is not increasing its ability to accomplish that right now, ”said Mayor David Rice, whose district includes the town of Marathon in the Middle Keys.

Calls to oust Martinez following his arrest are the latest in the opaque history of a little-known Republican candidate who barely campaigned but managed to narrowly defeat the famous Democratic incumbent representing Key West, the only solidly blue district in the Keys. Martinez’s opponent in the November race, Heather Carruthers, has an ongoing lawsuit against him, arguing that he has never lived in the district he now represents.

In a February deposition in the case, his daughter-in-law said Martinez and his wife, his mother, lived in Key Largo – about 90 miles north of Key West – until he won the election.

“It was clear to my fiance and I that Eddie had no plans to move to Key West during the campaign because he didn’t think he was going to win,” Natalie Guerra said during the testimony. “There was no packaging beforehand. They didn’t start looking for a place to live in Key West until after the election.

Martinez was arrested Tuesday at a house in Hialeah and jailed on $ 1,500 bail. It was published Wednesday evening after posting a bond, according to WPLG Local 10. As he walked towards a vehicle, Martinez told a reporter he did not hit his wife.

When asked if he would resign, he replied, “No. “

In court records, Martinez said that in February 2020, he moved from a rental in Key Haven, about a mile from the island of Key West, to a space on Truman Avenue in Key West, where he stayed in. the rear apartment at the back of what was his office at the time.

He said his wife moved from this house in Key Haven to Key Largo while their daughters went to stay with their grandmother in Hialeah, where Martinez is from.

The Truman Avenue building was listed on Martinez’s campaign fundraising forms as his address throughout the campaign. On November 5, 2020 – two days after the election – he said he moved into a condo on Simonton Street in Key West.

In the Simonton Street apartment building on Friday, lawyer Richard Klitenick, owner of the apartments under where Martinez said he lived, said he saw Martinez move into the upstairs apartment shortly after the election. 2020.

But Klitenick said Martinez hadn’t been there for “months and months” and the condo has been rented out several times since.

The owner of the condo is listed in the records of the Monroe County Real Estate Appraiser as Gary the Carpenter Construction, which is owned by Gary Burchfield.

Burchfield could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Hialeah police stopped Martinez after responding to a 911 call regarding a man with “very violent at home” post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the report.

His wife, Maria Martinez, said her husband threw an empty pill bottle in her face during a rage and that this was only her latest incident of domestic violence.

She said her husband had been struggling with the abuse of prescription pain relievers for some time and when he ran out of pills he “became extremely violent,” police said.

Martinez told the Citizen he did not tell police he had a problem with prescription pain relievers, contradicting the arrest report which said he told officers he was struggling with the pills.

Martinez, 46, did not respond to text messages from FLKeysNews.com/Miami Herald. But the citizen reported that he was planning to attend a county commission Meet Set for 9 a.m. on December 8 at the Murray E. Nelson Government Center in Key Largo.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s office is aware of the arrest, his press secretary Christina Pushaw said on Thursday.

“The governor’s office is aware of the arrest and our legal team is reviewing the information available,” Pushaw wrote in an email. “Under Florida law and our constitution, the governor has the power to suspend elected officials who are accused of crimes. It is neither automatic nor immediate. The governor can use his discretion and make that decision after considering the facts of the case. “

In other cases where local officials have been charged with crimes, the governor has ordered the suspension after reviewing the facts, Pushaw said.

She gave a recent example of a city of Destin adviser suspended by order of the governor on November 4, after having been charged in October with assault and battery on a police officer. Prebble Ramswell was also charged with official misconduct, another felony.

Martinez’s wife told police she “had been dealing with domestic violence for years but had not reported the incidents, hoping he would stop using prescription drugs,” according to the report. arrest.

In a text for the Citizen, Eddie Martinez said he did not need drug treatment, “because I only take what my doctor prescribes. That’s it. No more no less.”

He texted “What really happens is a woman’s contempt[ed] that’s not stupid, ”the Citizen reported. “And I’ll stop there. The truth will eventually come to light.

Martinez ran unsuccessfully to be the Key Largo representative for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Board of Directors in 2014 and for the Key Largo Wastewater District Board of Directors in 2016.

He won his first election in November 2020 to represent part of Key West, beating incumbent Carruthers in a race so close it required a mandatory recount.

Carruthers questioned Martinez’s residence after the election and filed a lawsuit calling for his impeachment and reinstallation as commissioner.

Carruthers said on Friday she has known since before the 2020 election that Martinez “cannot adequately represent the people of District 3 because he is not a committed resident or responsible member of the Keys community.”

“The current allegations of drug abuse and domestic violence have only strengthened my beliefs,” Carruthers said.

Two of the couple’s daughters said they saw Martinez throw the pill bottle that hit their mother’s face, Hialeah police reported.

The 13-year-old said her father had thrown her “like a baseball” and went into hiding in a bathroom to call 911.

She also said Martinez struggles with prescription drug abuse and regularly becomes violent, having physically and emotionally abused her and her sisters in the past.

After his arrest, Martinez denied hitting his wife “but refused to say his daughters were lying,” according to the report.

All but one of Martinez’s four colleagues on the Monroe County Council of Commissioners said on Friday it was time for him to step down.

“You have to be 100% aware of what you are doing anytime and anywhere, and obviously he is not able to do it due to his medical condition,” said Commissioner Michelle Coldiron, who represents the Lower Keys. , noted. She added that she was ready to ask DeSantis to step in if Martinez didn’t resign.

The latest commissioner, Holly Raschein, who was appointed by DeSantis to represent the Upper Keys following the death of then-commissioner Mike Forster, said on Friday Martinez should step down for the sake of his health and good -being of his family. .

“As a new colleague of Commissioner Martinez, I am saddened and deeply disturbed by these recent events. As a woman, mother and former lawmaker who sponsored and passed legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, I take these criminal charges very seriously, ”Raschein, a former state official, said in a text at Miami Herald.

“I believe that those who do this lose their right to public trust,” she said. “There’s no place for that in Hialeah – or in County Monroe. I sincerely hope that Commissioner Martinez will take the appropriate steps to prioritize his recovery and protect his wife and the others in his life. I will pray for them.

Only Pro Tem Mayor Craig Cates, who represents Key West County’s other district, was unwilling to call on Martinez to step down.

“I know it’s difficult. I know he wants to serve, but what’s best for him and his family is up to him, ”said Cates.

This story was originally published 3 December 2021 5:28 pm.

Gwen Filosa covers Key West and the Lower Florida Keys for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald and lives in Key West. She was on staff at the New Orleans Times-Picayune who, in 2005, won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from Indiana University.


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How do you define a public official and how does that definition vary between the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act and the French, German and Greek penal codes? https://dawnforgovernor.org/how-do-you-define-a-public-official-and-how-does-that-definition-vary-between-the-fcpa-the-uk-bribery-act-and-the-french-german-and-greek-penal-codes/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 13:30:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/how-do-you-define-a-public-official-and-how-does-that-definition-vary-between-the-fcpa-the-uk-bribery-act-and-the-french-german-and-greek-penal-codes/ Business relations between the private sector and public officials have always been the subject of close scrutiny and, in particular, of all transactions between the two. Some of the highest fines and most in-depth anti-corruption investigations have involved allegations against public officials. While the risk is obvious, the laws relating to this issue are not. […]]]>


Business relations between the private sector and public officials have always been the subject of close scrutiny and, in particular, of all transactions between the two. Some of the highest fines and most in-depth anti-corruption investigations have involved allegations against public officials. While the risk is obvious, the laws relating to this issue are not. How a public official is defined under many anti-corruption laws is unclear and has long been a matter of concern for businesses. In this alert, our lawyers seek to shed light on the definition of a public official with regard to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act and the French, German and Greek criminal codes.

This is the fourth alert in the De la FCPA to the UK Bribery Act – Your key questions about global anti-corruption laws answered series. Over the next few weeks, members of our global regulatory and investigative team will answer your most important questions about anti-corruption laws in the US, UK, France, Germany and Greece. Next, we’ll explore what the FCPA, UK bribery law, and French, German, and Greek criminal codes mean for your overseas transactions.

Don’t miss our previous alert which covered the extent to which companies are responsible for the actions of their subsidiaries and employees under the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act, the French and German penal codes, and our additional thought leadership on combating crime. corruption.

How do you define a public official within the meaning of the FCPA?

  • The FCPA prohibits corrupt payments to “any foreign official,” “any foreign political party or official thereof,” and “any candidate for foreign political office.”
  • The FCPA also prohibits payments to any other person knowing that all or part of the payment will be offered, given, or promised to anyone within these prohibited categories (15 USC 78dd-1-3).
  • The FCPA defines the term “foreign agent” as “any agent or employee of a foreign government or any department, agency or instrument thereof, or of a public international organization, or any person acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of any such government or department, agency or instrument, or for or on behalf of such public international organization ”(15 USC 78dd-1 (f) (1)).
  • In accordance with the objectives of the FCPA, the Department of Justice interprets this definition very broadly to prevent foreign bribery. Accordingly, the definition includes both low and high level foreign officials, regardless of rank or position, as well as intermediaries acting on their behalf.

How do you define a public official under the UK Bribery Act?

  • A foreign public official is defined in the UK Bribery Act, under section 6 (5), as:
    • “An individual who –
      • – holds a legislative, administrative or judicial office of any kind, appointed or elected, in a country or territory outside the United Kingdom (or any subdivision of such country or territory) (or any subdivision ),
      • – exercises a public function –
      • for or on behalf of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom (or any subdivision of such country or territory), or
      • for any public body or public enterprise in that country or territory (or subdivision),
      • is an official or agent of a public international organization.
  • The violation of Article 6 requires the intention to influence a foreign public official in his or her official capacity in order to obtain or retain a market or a commercial advantage.
  • However, the general infringement of Article 1 may also apply to attempts to induce improper performance by a foreign public official (not limited to conduct in his official capacity or connected with obtaining or obtaining retention of a case).
  • Examples of foreign public officials are:
    • Ministers and government officials;
    • Local government members and officials;
    • Police and other security agencies, such as immigration and border control; and
    • The armed forces.
  • In September 2021, UK Finance released a report providing practical and risk-based guidance on the meaning of ‘public officials’ for the purposes of anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) compliance. In view of the practical and risk-based guidelines provided by the report and the broad definition of “public officials” in the corruption law, companies are recommended to review the guidelines to ensure compliance with the CBA.

How do you define a public official in the French Penal Code?

  • Under the provisions of the Penal Code relating to corruption (articles 432-11 and 435-1 (passive public corruption), 433-1 and 435-3 (active public corruption), 445-1 (passive private corruption) and 445- 2 (active private corruption) of the French penal code) a public official can be one of the following:
    • A “depositary of public power”, that is to say any person acting in the general interest while exercising public power prerogatives, whatever their status or the administrative, judicial or military nature of their activity ( for example, the President of the French Republic, a prefect or sub-prefect, a mayor, a police or customs officer, but also a notary or an enforcement agent);
    • The “holder of an elective mandate”; Where
    • “Anyone entrusted with the performance of a public service mission”, that is to say any person entrusted, temporarily or permanently, with the satisfaction of the general public interest, even if he does not exercise not the public authority (for example, architects acting at the request of local authorities, journalists employed by a public service broadcaster, university directors or agency directors of La Banque Postale).

How do you define a public official under the German Criminal Code

  • According to article 11 paragraph 1 no. 2 of the German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch – StGB), a “public official” is any person who, under German law, is an official or a judge (also honorary judges), performs other functions of public official or has been otherwise appointed to serve with an authority or other body, or has been entrusted with the exercise of public administrative services, regardless of the organizational form in which the respective functions are exercised.
  • In addition, article 11 paragraph 1 no. 2a StGB defines a “European official” as any person who is a member of the European Commission, of the European Central Bank, of the European Court of Auditors or of any jurisdiction of the European Union, who is an official or other member of the staff of the European Union or of an institution established under Union law or which is responsible for carrying out the tasks of the European Union or the tasks of an institution established under Union law .

How do you define a public official in the Greek penal code?

  • The Greek Criminal Code (GCC) defines a public official as any person who:
    • Provides services or is entrusted with public tasks;
    • Permanently or temporarily;
    • and Within the public sector or on behalf of the Greek State, municipalities or other public legal entities.
  • Specifically with regard to corruption (articles 235-237B CCG), a public official is defined as any person serving, on a permanent or temporary basis, in any capacity whatsoever, in:
    • An organization or business wholly or majority owned by the state, regional or local authority or other public legal entity; and or
    • Organization or company where the majority of directors are appointed by the State, a local authority or any other legal person governed by public law.
  • General information on public officials
    • Public officials are not allowed to participate in commercial activities
    • The code of conduct for public officials authorizes certain types of activity outside their public service after special authorization as long as this activity does not interfere or conflict with their official duties.


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Obituary: John Luxton, dairy leader and respected politician https://dawnforgovernor.org/obituary-john-luxton-dairy-leader-and-respected-politician/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/obituary-john-luxton-dairy-leader-and-respected-politician/ The Honorable Murray John Finlay Luxton, QSO, CNZM: politician; b September 14, 1946; d November 16, 2021 A person’s worth can often be measured by the caliber of their argument. To be respected by those who agree with you is one thing. Getting respected by those you oppose is another, especially if you are a […]]]>


The Honorable Murray John Finlay Luxton, QSO, CNZM: politician; b September 14, 1946; d November 16, 2021

A person’s worth can often be measured by the caliber of their argument. To be respected by those who agree with you is one thing. Getting respected by those you oppose is another, especially if you are a politician.

In the tributes that flowed after the death of John Luxton, one stood out. Matthew Robson, a former Alliance and Progressive Party MP, sat opposite the Treasury benches during his time in Parliament, but found common ground with Luxton, a National Party cabinet minister. “I remember his courtesy, his accessibility and the fact that he always respected opposing views,” wrote Robson, who noted how Luxton placed a high price on human rights “and considered that the public service was both a responsibility and a privilege ”.

From an early age Luxton had a direct view of the privileges and responsibilities of power. He was born Murray John Finlay Luxton, one of four children of Jack and Margaret Luxton. The family had a dairy farm in Waitoa, near Morrinsville.

John Luxton was awarded a tokotoko (sculpted walking stick) by the Waikato River Authority in May.  Luxton was the first Crown-appointed Co-Chair from 2010 to 2020.

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John Luxton received a tokotoko (sculpted walking stick) by the Waikato River Authority in May. Luxton was the first Crown-appointed Co-Chair from 2010 to 2020.

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Jack Luxton played a leading role in the Waikato branch of Federated Farmers, as Federal Councilor. He was also active in the Tatua Dairy Company, including several years as a director of the cooperative. In 1966 he was elected to Parliament as the national deputy of Piako.

Son John had to demonstrate that the apple did not fall far from the tree. He was educated at Hamilton Boys’ High, his graduate studies were at Massey University. In view of his future career, degrees and diplomas were obtained in agriculture and agricultural sciences. He also completed a master’s degree in management studies.

John Luxton upon his retirement from Parliament in 2002. He returned to his dairy farm in Waitoa, near Morrinsville.

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John Luxton upon his retirement from Parliament in 2002. He returned to his dairy farm in Waitoa, near Morrinsville.

An early job was secured at the Ministry of Agriculture, where his expertise in the dairy industry came in handy. It wasn’t long before he traded his office job for a real one, entering dairy farming with his first wife Merryl. Over the next decade, Luxton alternated between advising on projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and ongoing agriculture in New Zealand.

In 1987 he was elected to Parliament as a member of the National Party for the Electorate of Matamata, replacing his father, who had held the seat since the abolition of the Piako constituency in 1978. With the overwhelming victory of National in the 1990 election, under Jim Bolger, a fellow farmer, John Luxton was elevated to Cabinet.

He held a wide variety of portfolios: energy (1990-94), housing (1990-93), Maori affairs (1993-96), police (1994-96), land (1996-98), commerce and consumption. (1996-98), fisheries (1996-99), customs (1998-99) and agriculture (1998-99). He was also Associate Minister of Education and Foreign Trade.

After leaving Parliament, John Luxton served as co-chair of the Waikato River Authority alongside Tukororangi Morgan, right.  The pair are pictured together in 2013. (File photo)

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After leaving Parliament, John Luxton served as co-chair of the Waikato River Authority alongside Tukororangi Morgan, right. The pair are pictured together in 2013. (File photo)

When the Matamata border was redrawn before the 1996 election, Luxton ran and won the seat of Karapiro. His tenure as a Cabinet member survived his party leadership transition, Bolger having been replaced by Jenny Shipley in December 1997. In the 1999 election he retired to Karapiro, choosing to run as list member only, and was re-elected to Parliament despite a decisive change of government.

Refusing to run in the 2002 election, Luxton denied that his decision had anything to do with demotion on his party’s list. He conceded that he found it difficult to be in opposition, in the sense that “you have to be negative about everything”. Next, National Party Leader Bill English said, “John has always been a caucus anchor, reminding us of the clear principles of private enterprise.”

Luxton had retained his business interests in the dairy industry, again following in his father’s footsteps as chairman of the Tatua Dairy Company at various stages between 1978 and 1990, and was a director between 2001 and 2016.

Luxton in Wellington Harbor in 1999, when he was Minister of Fisheries.

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Luxton in Wellington Harbor in 1999, when he was Minister of Fisheries.

Taking advantage of the deregulation of dairy exports, he was a co-founder of the Open Country Cheese Company in Waharoa, which is now New Zealand’s second-largest dairy processor and exporter.

From 2008 to 2015, he was President of DairyNZ, the first dairy industry organization of its kind. Defender of all dairy producers, he had a decisive influence on political and legislative changes, which directly led to the formation of Fonterra and the deregulation of producer councils. Current DairyNZ chairman Jim van der Poel said Luxton had made a “flawless contribution to the rural section”.

Luxton has led the industry through a phase of significant growth, representing it in the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. He also helped launch new strategies for sustainable agriculture and championed research, development and education within the industry, establishing the Waikato Dairy Leaders’ Group and chairing the Industry Leaders Forum.

Japanese Agriculture and Fisheries Shoichi Nakagawa coaches John Luxton, left, and Don McKinnon in their tennis shots during a visit to Wellington in 1999.

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Japanese Agriculture and Fisheries Shoichi Nakagawa coaches John Luxton, left, and Don McKinnon in their tennis shots during a visit to Wellington in 1999.

From 2010 to 2020, he was co-chair of the Waikato River Authority. Bob Penter, the organization’s chief executive, said the crown appointment was “very much at the statesman level.” Requiring sensitivity to the diverse interests of six distinct parties – five iwi and the Crown – Luxton’s work was a “master class of governance,” says Penter.

Establishing the authority’s single-digit growth portfolio of over $ 80 million will be one of Luxton’s legacies, allowing restoration work on the Waikato River to continue well beyond 2037, when the commitment of the central government will end.

Luxton’s association with Asia was long and personal. Having lived and worked in the region, his presidency of the Asia NZ Association, which began in 2015 and ended with his resignation due to illness in 2021, was based on first-hand experience. He has led delegations to Asia and hosted sector groups, engaging in dialogue on a wide range of topics including media, business and informal diplomacy.

Luxton receiving the insignia of her Queen's Order of Service at Government House, Wellington from Governor General Dame Silva Cartwright in 2003.

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Luxton receiving the insignia of her Queen’s Order of Service at Government House, Wellington from Governor General Dame Silva Cartwright in 2003.

In 2003, on the Queen’s birthday, he was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for public service. In the 2017 New Year’s Honors, he was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to the dairy industry. He also received the 2013 Sir Geoffrey Peren Medal from Massey University and received an Honorary Doctorate from Lincoln University in 2016.

Judith Collins, national leader until this week, described Luxton as “gracious and courteous to a T”, saying he “will be remembered for his sense of humor and kindness”. Such sentiments were widely shared by nominal political friends and enemies.

Luxton is survived by his wife Mary Scholtens, QC, four children and nine grandchildren.


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