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More former lawmakers apply to replace Jimmy Patronis on PSC

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As of last Friday’s deadline, three more former lawmakers applied for the now-empty seat on the Public Service Commission vacated when Jimmy Patronis stepped down to become the state’s new CFO.

Applying for the seat were former state Sen. Greg Evers, a Baker (Okaloosa County) Republican; former state Rep. Dave Murzin, a Pensacola Republican; and former state Rep. Ritch Workman, a Melbourne Republican, according to a list released late Friday by the Public Service Commission Nominating Council.

Murzin, who served 2002-10, also was Evers’ chief legislative assistant in 2013-16, according to his résumé. Evers ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year, losing the GOP primary to Matt Gaetz.

Workman ran for state Senate, losing that GOP primary to Debbie Mayfield in one of the nastiest races of the year.

They join former state Comptroller Bob Milligan and former Public Service Commissioner Kenneth Littlefield among the now 23 applicants for the opening, which pays $131,036 a year.

The appointment will be made by Gov. Rick Scott. The five-member commission regulates the state’s investor-owned utilities.

Other legislators in the mix include former state Rep. Rich Glorioso, a Plant City Republican and a retired U.S. Air Force colonel; and current state Rep. Tom Goodsona Brevard County Republican.

Littlefield also served in the Legislature in the early 2000s, chairing the House Utilities & Telecommunications committee. He was put on the PSC by former Gov. Jeb Bush in 2006, then replaced by then-Gov. Charlie Crist the next year.

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