Lynda Bell, an anti-abortion former Miami-Dade county commissioner who fell short in a Florida House race this year, will serve instead on the Florida Communities Trust.

Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment Thursday.

Bell finished third in a crowded race for the GOP nomination in House District 118.

Bell, president of Florida Right to Life, fills a vacant seat and will serve through 2019, subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

The trust administers state grant programs that help local government and nonprofit organizations develop “parks, open space, greenways and projects supporting Florida’s seafood harvesting and aquaculture industries,” according to its website.

She is a graduate of Miami Dade College.

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