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TALLAHASSEE — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Mildred Russell to the School Board of Alachua County.  Russell, of Gainesville, started Miracle Life Ministries with her husband in 1990. They started churches in Athens, Georgia and Oxford, England and have ministered across the world. She volunteered on Front Porch Florida and was a tutor at Duval Early Learning Academy. Russell attended Western Kentucky University.

Russell fills the seat left vacant when DeSantis removed Diyonne McGraw from the School Board, issuing executive order 21-147 in June declaring the seat vacant.  McGraw was elected to the Alachua County School Board District 2 in August 2020, but lives in District 4. The executive order read in part, "Due to Diyonne McGraw's failure to maintain the residence required of her by law, a vacancy exists on the Alachua County School Board, District 2, which I shall fill in compliance with the law."

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