Gov. Scott announces nine appointments, names Dave Hood to Circuit Court

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Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced one new circuit court judge, six appointments and three reappointments to a variety of state regulatory boards.

Seventh Judicial Circuit

State Rep. Charles “Dave” Hood, Jr., 60, of Daytona Beach Shores, is currently State Representative for House District 25, which covers a portion of Volusia County. Hood is a partner with the law firm Smith, Hood, Loucks, Stout, Bigman & Brock, where he has practiced since 1988. He previously was a member of the Cobb Cole firm from 1978-1988 and served as both Mayor of Ormond Beach from 1997-1999 and as City Commissioner from 1992-1997.

“Representative Hood’s leadership and dedicated service to the families of his district combined with his decades of practicing law will make him a great addition to the Seventh Judicial Circuit bench,” Scott said in a statement. “I am proud to appoint Dave Hood today with confidence that he will continue to his service to Florida with a keen sense of justice and compassion.”

Also on Monday, Rick Scott also announced none other appointments:

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Richard Hanas, 65, of Oviedo, is the senior vice president of A. Duda & Sons Inc. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending August 1, 2017.

The appointment is subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

Aakash Patel, 30, of Tampa, owns Elevate Inc. He succeeds Filiberto Valero as chair for a term ending April 30, 2017.

Seminole County Housing Authority 

Charles Hart, 39, of Sanford, is an attorney and small business owner. His reappointment ends September 7, 2015.

Swimming and Bathing Facilities Advisory Review Board

Darrel Graziani, 52, of Stuart, is an engineer and environmental administrator at the Florida Department of Health. He succeeds Kenneth Rech for a term ending September 30, 2017.

Michael Kelly, 65, of Largo, is a pool contractor and owner of Kelly Pools. He succeeds Patricia Roberts for a term ending September 30, 2017.

James LePetrie, 46, of Jacksonville, is the principal of WET Engineering Inc. He succeeds William Smoot for a term ending September 30, 2017.

Mark Pabst, 56, of Winter Garden, is an engineering specialist at the Florida Department of Health. He succeeds Robert Foster for a term ending September 30, 2017.

Jeffrey Kosik, 55, of Clermont, is the manager of environmental compliance for Walt Disney World. His reappointment ends September 30, 2017.

Fred Williams, 67, of Palm Harbor, is president of National Pools of Pasco Inc. His reappointment ends September 30, 2017.

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