If selected, both men would serve third terms; each was first appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2010.
The Public Service Commission Nominating Council also decided on six people to fill the unexpired term of former Commissioner Jimmy Patronis, who stepped down to replace Jeff Atwater as state Chief Financial Officer. Patronis’ term is up at the end of 2018. Those candidates are:
— Bill Conrad, former mayor of Newberry in Alachua County.
— Associate Public Counsel Erik Sayler. The Office of Public Counsel represents the interests of ratepayers before the commission.
— Ted Schrader, a former Pasco County commissioner and Tampa Bay Water board member.
— Rich Glorioso, a Plant City Republican and retired U.S. Air Force colonel, who served in the House 2004-2012.
— Gary Clark, the Department of Environmental Protection’s deputy secretary for land and recreation.
— Ritch Workman, a former state representative. The Melbourne Republican lost a bruising primary battle last year to fellow GOP Rep. Debbie Mayfield for Senate District 17.
The council also recommended another four for Graham’s and Brisé’s seats; their terms are up at year’s end. Those candidates include Conrad and:
— Former state Rep. Kenneth Littlefield, a Pasco County Republican who once chaired the House Utilities & Telecommunications Committee. Littlefield is a former PSC member himself, having been put on the commission by former Gov. Jeb Bush in 2006. Then-Gov. Charlie Crist replaced him the following year.
— Anibal Taboas, an Illinois-based consultant and former U.S. Department of Energy official.
— Jody Ann Newman, who chairs the Florida Board of Nursing.
Taboas and Newman won their nominations in a runoff vote, after initially not capturing the required seven votes.
Losing candidates include Greg Evers, a Baker Republican who left the Senate to run last year for northwest Florida’s Congressional seat, losing to Matt Gaetz; and current state Rep. Tom Goodson, a Brevard County Republican who chairs the House Agriculture and Property Rights subcommittee and is term-limited next year.
Another noteworthy applicant, former state Comptroller and retired Marine general Bob Milligan, was shut out early in the process, receiving no votes to move forward when the council met in Tampa last week.
The council will forward its recommendations to Gov. Rick Scott, who will decide on the appointments, subject to final approval by the Florida Senate.