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Rick Scott makes eight judicial, state board appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott announced eight appointments and reappointments this week to a variety of Florida judicial, state boards, and commissions.

11th Judicial Circuit Court

Scott began by naming Judge Lourdes Simon to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court.

Simon, 49, of Miami, currently serves as county judge for Dade County. She previously served as an Assistant Public Defender for the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office.

Simon received her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and a law degree from Nova Southeastern University School of Law. Simon fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Robert Luck to the 3rd District Court of Appeal.

Florida Defense Support Task Force

Scott announced the appointment of state Rep. Holly Raschein to the Florida Defense Support Task Force, whose mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance Florida’s military missions and installations.

Raschein, 36, of Key Largo, currently represents House District 120, serves as the State Director for the National Foundation of Women Legislators. Her appointment fills a vacant seat for a term ending July 1, 2019.

Northwest Florida Water Management District

Scott next reappointed Jerry Pate and Ted Everett to the Governing Board of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, which covers the region between St. Marks River Basin in Jefferson County and the Perdido River in Escambia County.

Pate, 63, of Pensacola, is the owner and chief executive officer of Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation, Inc.

Everett, 57, of Chipley, is the executive director of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

Both reappointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation for a term ending March 1, 2021.

Eastern Florida State College District board of trustees

Scott reappointed Alan Landman to the District board of trustees of Eastern Florida State College.

Landman, 54, of Indialantic, is an attorney at Alan Landman, P.A. His reappointment is subject to Florida Senate approval for a term ending May 31, 2021.

Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers

Scott named Gary Pyott to the Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers, a part of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation that oversees the professional practice standards of the Community Association Manager profession.

Pyott, 58, of Aventura, is the president of Association 1st, LLC. He fills a vacant seat.

Pyott’s appointment is subject to Senate approval for a term ending Oct. 31, 2020.

Clay County Development Authority

Finally, Scott announced two reappointments to the Clay County Development Authority, set up by the Florida Legislature in 1957 to promote the sound economic development of Clay County.

Russell Buck, 56, of Middleburg, is the regional vice president of Vystar Credit Union.

Gregory Clary, 65, of Middleburg, is the president of Clary & Associates.

Both reappointments are for a term ending July 1, 2021.

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 His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, 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 and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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