Lake County Supervisor of Elections, Alan Hays, is announcing the official sign unveiling and dedication ceremony of the Emogene Stegall Elections Center and the Jerry Foster Memorial Canvassing Board Room.
The ceremony will be held at the Lake County Supervisor of Elections office, located at 1898 E. Burleigh Blvd., in Tavares on December 10th at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Mrs. Stegall served as Lake County’s Supervisor of Elections for 44 years. She served as President of the Florida Association of Supervisors during the years 1977-1979. “Mrs. Stegall set the standard for how to run fair and honest elections. She was successful in leading a fine group of election workers in the precincts who kept coming back each year out of loyalty to her. We felt that her years of service should be acknowledged within the office. We have placed a large sign in the front entrance of our office as a tribute to the lady most of the voters who grew up in Lake County knew as their only Supervisor of Elections,” commented Hays.
Jerry Foster, Assistant Supervisor of Elections for twenty years, was Mrs. Stegall’s right-hand man. He was such a great asset to the organization. His institutional knowledge was exceptional. That knowledge and experience was invaluable and even though he wanted to retire soon after Emogene, Jerry graciously agreed to stay on board for 90 days during Hays’ first term. Jerry graciously returned to assist in each election throughout the 2019 elections. “We chose the Canvassing Board Room to honor Jerry because it was through his guidance in that room many decisions were made that enabled the elections to run so smoothly,” Hays added. Jerry is survived by his spouse Florence, and their three sons.
“We would like to encourage all who served with Emogene and Jerry over the years to attend this special dedication,” Hays shared. This is just one small way of thanking them for their many years of service.