Election night is big; so is Detzner's wedding night
Gov. Rick Scott's chief elections official, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, has something else on his mind these days besides managing a smooth presidential election in the nation's biggest battleground state. On Saturday, Detzner will marry for the first time.
"Life goes on, even if there's an election," Detzner said. "We're just so happy. It's worth waiting for."
The 60-year-old Detzner's bride-to-be is also a familiar Tallahassee name: Mary Kay Cariseo, a governmental affairs specialist for the Nemours Foundation. She was for many years a lobbyist for the Florida Association of Counties before joining the lobbying firm then known as Smith & Ballard.
The couple will tie the knot Saturday at the Alumni Center on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee. Officiating at the civil ceremony will be Jim Smith, the former attorney general and secretary of state (and the Smith in Smith & Ballard, until he and son-in-law Brian Ballard went their separate lobbying ways). Detzner began his political career more than three decades ago working for Smith in the attorney general's office. Also planning to attend is former Lt. Gov. and Senate President Toni Jennings.
Detzner said he'll take next Monday off and he and Mary Kay will honeymoon next year. "I can't take a week off during an election period," he said.