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23 seek vacant PSC post

There is another Mariano seeking a job in Tallahassee.

Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano, the father of state Rep. Amber Mariano, R-Hudson, is seeking an appointment to the Florida Public Service Commission, the powerful board regulating Florida utilities. Mariano is one of 23 people who submitted applications by the Jan. 12 deadline.

The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council is scheduled to meet Thursday in Tallahassee to begin culling the applications and selecting candidates to be interviewed the following week. Gov. Rick Scott’s previous appointee, former Rep. Ritch Workman of Melbourne, resigned in October after a state senator said he made "vulgar and inappropriate gestures" to her in 2016.

The elder Mariano submitted a hand-written application just 15 minutes before the application period closed. He is seeking the PSC job 14 months after winning re-election to a fourth four-year term on the Pasco Commission.

"I think this is a great opportunity to serve the state of Florida,’’ Mariano wrote in his application.

Other applicants include PSC Commissioner Gary F. Clark who is seeking a four-year term after Gov. Rick Scott appointed him in the fall to fill the commission seat formerly held by Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. That term ends in 2019.

Applicants from the Tampa Bay area include state Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-St. Petersburg; Ash Mason of Tampa, a regional director for the Christian Coalition of America; Ken Littlefield of Wesley Chapel, a former state representative and one-time Gov. Jeb Bush-appointee to the PSC whose nomination was withdrawn after Charlie Crist became governor; former Pasco County Commissioner Ted Schrader; former state Rep. Richard Glorioso of Plant City; and attorney and former television reporter Eric Seidel who ran unsuccessfully for Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court in 2016.

Other applicants include Thomas Maney, a sitting Okaloosa County Court Judge; Andrew Fay, special counsel and director of legislative affairs, cabinet affairs and public policy for Attorney General Pam Bondi; Baldwyn Rodriguez English Jr, chief advisor to Public Service Commissioner Ron Brise; and Erik Sayler, associate public counsel in the Office of Public Counsel which represents consumers in utility rate cases.

Several of the applicants including Littlefield, Schrader and Sayler have applied for PSC vacancies previously. The position pays $132,306.

Contact C.T. Bowen at [email protected] Follow @ctbowen2

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