Gov. Scott receives narrowed list of Florida Public Service Commission candidates

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Gov. Rick Scott narrowed his list of candidates for the Florida Public Service Commission to six finalists, including two sitting members and a former legislator, reports Mary Ellen Klas in the The Miami HeraldScott is trying to fill two vacancies on the utility regulatory board.

The two current commissioners — Ronald Brise and Art Graham — have terms that will expire in January. They made the cut after the Public Service Commission Nominating Council interviewed candidates in Orlando on Wednesday.

Former state House Rep. Kenneth W. Littlefield of Wesley Chapel also made the short list. Littlefield served briefly on the PSC in 2007, and is currently a funeral-home medical liaison.

The other nominees are Crystal River resident James Baumstark, former vice president of central engineering for New York’s Con Edison; Donald Polmann from Dunedin, a former Tampa Bay Water director of science and engineering; and Frank Stubbs of Fleming Island, deputy chief of staff for operations at Navy Medicine Support Command. 

Once the recommendations reach his desk, the governor has 30 days to make the appointments.

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