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Gov. Ron DeSantis visits Gretna Elementary for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted at 5:32 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 17:32:24-05

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — People in Gadsden County had a special visitor at their Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

The city packed Gretna Elementary for singing, recognition to Dr. King, and a visit from Governor Ron DeSantis.

The governor was in town to meet with county commissioners Monday morning. DeSantis praised MLK and said nothing could be done through his mission without God.

"Ultimately, we can do what we want on this Earth but God is the one who gives us individual rights and we should never ever forget that and I know you guys won't either," DeSantis said.

DeSantis actually attended a listening session with leaders before going to Gretna Elementary. He promises to try to help bring more money for hurricane relief to the area.

He also took a moment to urge people to contact their local lawmakers to help pass his teacher pay proposal this session.

"If my proposal goes through, the minimum salary anyone in the state would be paid is $47,500 so right there you're going middle class I think. Right off the bat and obviously go up from there," DeSanis explained. "So talk to your legislators and tell them 'We want to see teacher's salaries increase.'"

Right now, Gadsden County teachers start off only making $34,000 a year.