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Rick Scott picks Elections Commission members

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Two people were appointed and another re-appointed to the Florida Elections Commission, Gov. Rick Scott‘s office announced Monday.

The Commission’s nine members are picked by the governor “from lists of six names provided to him by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the minority leaders of both houses,” according to the commission’s website.

Kymberlee Curry Smith, 35, of Cooper City, is the Senate Democratic Leader’s pick. She’s a sole practitioner who received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and law degree from Boston College.

She fills a vacant seat with a term of Aug. 15-Dec. 31, 2016, according to a press release.

J. Alex Kelly, 39, of Tallahassee, is the House Speaker’s choice. Kelly is vice president of advocacy at the Foundation for Excellence in Education founded by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

He received his undergraduate degree from York College of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from the University of Florida. Kelly fills a vacant seat for a term of Aug. 15, 2016-Dec. 31, 2019.

Barbra Stern, 42, of Fort Lauderdale, is the House Democratic Leader’s nominee. She’s an attorney at the Dwyer Law Group. She got her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Stern was reappointed for a term of Aug. 15, 2016-Dec. 31, 2019.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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