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Gov. Scott names five to state boards, including former Miami-Dade commissioner

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On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the names of five appointments to a variety of regulatory boards. The list includes former Miami-Dade mayoral candidate and County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Cancio to the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority.

Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority  

Scott announced the appointments of Jose “Pepe” Cancio and Cliff Walters to the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority. Both appointments are for a term ending April 6, 2018.

Cancio, 75, of Key Biscayne, is a former Miami Dade County commissioner and chief executive officer of North Florida Hauling LLC. He succeeds Carlos Fernandez-Guzman.

Walters, 66, of Miami Shores, is a former member of the Board of Pilot Commissioners and is currently president of Cliff Walters Consulting LLC. He fills a vacant seat.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Next, Scott announced the appointment of Arezou “Ari” Jolly to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

Jolly, 53, of Jacksonville, is assistant general counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield. She currently serves as chair of the Greater Jacksonville USO.  Jolly succeeds Donna Harper for a term ending May 31, 2018.

Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Polk State College District Board of Trustees

Scott then named Cynthia “Cindy” Ross to the Polk State College District Board of Trustees.

Ross, 55, of Lakeland, is the president of Organization Management LLC. She currently serves as a member of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. Ross succeeds Ernest Pinner for a term ending May 31, 2017.

Ross’ appointment is also subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Finally, Scott announced the reappointment of Randall Maggard to the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Maggard, 51, of Zephyrhills, is vice president of Sonny’s Discount Appliances Inc. He currently serves as a member of the Zephyrhills Economic Development Board and previously was a member of the Coastal River Basin Board. Maggard’s reappointment is for a term ending March 1, 2019.

His appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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.

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