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Ritch Workman named to Public Service Commission

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Ritch Workman is headed back to Tallahassee. The former state representative, a Melbourne Republican, was appointed Friday night by Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Public Service Commission. Workman replaces Ronald Brisé, who had sought a third term on the board. Scott also re-appointed Art Graham to the commission and filled the seat left open by the departure of Jimmy Patronis with Gary Clark, the Department of Environment Protection‘s deputy secretary of land and recreation.

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Art Graham, Ronald Brisé win nominations to be returned to PSC

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Art Graham and Ronald Brisé on Thursday won nominations to be returned to their seats on the Public Service Commission, which regulates investor-owned utilities in the state. If selected, both men would serve third terms; each was first appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2010.

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Greg Evers, Ritch Workman, others move ahead for PSC opening

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Former lawmakers Greg Evers, Rich Glorioso, and Ritch Workman and current Rep. Tom Goodson have been selected to be interviewed to replace Jimmy Patronis on the Florida Public Service Commission. Another noteworthy applicant, former state Comptroller and retired Marine general Bob Milligan, was shut out of the process, receiving no votes from the Public Service Commission Nominating Council, which met Wednesday in Tampa.

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Bob Milligan vying to replace Jimmy Patronis on PSC

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Former state Comptroller Bob Milligan has applied for the now-empty seat on the Public Service Commission vacated when Jimmy Patronis stepped down to become the state’s new CFO. Milligan’s name is among 18 applicants so far for the seat, which will be vetted by the Public Service Commission Nominating Council and appointed by Gov. Rick Scott. The deadline to apply is Friday; a working list was released Thursday. The five-member commission regulates the state’s investor-owned utilities.

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Craig Latimer re-elected as Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections

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Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer effectively was reelected to his post on Friday, after he drew no opposition as the deadline for political candidates to file to run for office expired. Latimer, a Democrat, began working in the SOE”s office back in 2009 as chief of staff to the late Phyllis Busansky, who defeated Republican Buddy Johnson back in 2008. Although he had hoped to be selected to replace her, then Governor Charlie Crist chose former Hillsborough County School…

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Craig Latimer files for re-election as Hillsborough County elections supervisor

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Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer announced on Monday that he has filed papers to run for re-election in 2016. August 3, 2015: Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer declared his intention to run for re-election in 2016, filing required paperwork to establish his candidacy. Latimer, 62, served for 35 years in law enforcement before working at the SOE’s office. He retired as a major in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 to manage the late Phyllis Busansky’s election…

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Josh Burgin is leaving HART board to attend Harvard

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Plant City Republican Josh Burgin, who has served on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) since February of 2012, officially announced today that he will be stepping down from the agency on July 1, as he pursues a degree from the Harvard School of Government. “Three years ago, you gave me a specific charge to ‘protect the taxpayer,’” Burgin wrote last week to Gov. Rick Scott, who appointed him to the board. “I took that directive seriously and worked…

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