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18 apply for openings at Public Service Commission

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Eighteen people have applied for three openings on the state’s Public Service Commission, according to a list released Tuesday.

Tuesday was the deadline to apply for the seats now held by Commissioners Art Graham and Ronald Brisé, which are up at the end of the year. Both men have reapplied for their positions; they were last reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2013.

Applications for a third PSC opening, created when Commissioner Jimmy Patronis stepped down to replace Jeff Atwater as the state’s CFO, aren’t due till July 28.

Among the applicants: State Rep. Tom Goodson, a Brevard County Republican; former PSC member and former state Rep. Kenneth Littlefield, a Pasco County Republican; and Associate Public Counsel Erik Sayler.

The commission regulates the state’s investor-owned utilities. A commissioner’s pay is $131,036 per year.

The Public Service Commission Nominating Council, which is responsible for “screening and nominating applicants,” released an updated applicants list, below. Commissioners are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.

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