New series: Who are the brightest minds in Florida politics?

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In the past, SaintPetersBlog has featured the 30-under-30 Rising Stars of Florida politics, the “Best” Lobbyists in Tallahassee, and the 25 Most Powerful Politicians in Tampa Bay. In two weeks, we’re launching our next series: The Brightest Minds in Florida politics.

This week-long series will profile approximately 25 of the smartest people devoted to campaigns and elections. From veteran operators like The Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Marian Johnson to up-and-comers like Associated Industries of Florida’s Ryan Tyson, from Republicans such as Frank Terrafirma to Democrats like Steve Vancore, this will be the definitive list of the big thinkers in electoral politics.

Your nominations are welcomed and encouraged, but be warned: there is serious competition for one of the spots on this list. Being the hot young thing after winning a single legislative race doesn’t get one close to making the list. This is for the political consultants, analysts, creative types and operators who win election cycle after election cycle.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.