Florida Division of Elections gets a new, much younger public face

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There is a new and much younger public face of the Florida Department of Elections.

Brittany Lesser, a 24-year-old former intern at the Washington bureau of NBC News, has taken over as communications director of the Florida Department of State. 

The Colorado native and journalism graduate of Brigham Young University says she excited for her new Florida job.

“It seems like a good fit,” she told Steve Bousquet of the at the Tampa Bay Times.

Although her new office is relatively quiet now, Lesser will surely have her hands full as the 2014 election year approaches. Much of her job will be to manage the public scrutiny of the DOE as Gov. Rick Scott continues his program of scrubbing state voter registration rolls.

Lesser also spent two years as a staffer for U.S. Rep. Steve King from Iowa, the Republican who became notorious earlier this year for statements comparing illegal immigrants to drug smugglers, as well as calling for a government shutdown as a way to defund ObamaCare.

Lesser says she left King’s office “on good terms.”

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.