Applicants hedge bets in second round for PSC
With one day left before the deadline for applications to fill the two expired terms for PSC Commissioners Nancy Argenziano and Nathan Skop, 37 people have applied -- including several who applied in the first round.
The list includes 10 who were given interviews last week by the PSC nominating council. Argenziano is also on the list but obviously didn't apply in the first round. Still absent from the list is Nathan Skop, who has indicated he will be applying, former PSC executive director Mary Bane, and Curt Kiser, the current PSC general counsel. Bane and Kiser are on the governor's short list for the two positions vacated by David Klement and Benjamin "Steve" Stevens. The nominating council will narrow its list on June 30 and conduct interviews in August.
It's clear that some candidates are hedging their bets because they applied in the first round and in this round. Four are on the short list sent to the governor in the first round. They include:
* Arthur Graham, Jacksonville City Councilman
* Charles Ranson, Tallahassee consultant
* Kevin Wiehle, chief legislative analyst for the Senate energy and utilities committee
* Lee Constantine, Republican state senator from Altamonte SpringsApplying for a second time are the following folks who were granted an interview last week but failed to receive enough votes to make the final cut:
* Connie Murray, a lawyer and rate case consultant for Ameren Union Electric company and former member of the Missouri Public Service Commission from May 1997 through June 2009 who owns a home in Sun City Center Florida.
• Gary Huff, a former NFL quarterback and now controller at Florida State University.
• Eduardo E. Balbis, a licensed professional engineer and assistant city administrator of West Palm Beach.
• Julie I. Brown, lawyer with the First American title insurance company and former assistant city attorney for the City of Tampa.
* Gerardo B. Fernandez, president of Fernandez Consulting Group who worked for 19 years with FPL until the early 1990s.
• James Baumstark, nuclear engineer and retired vice president of Consolidate Edison's central engineering in New York. He was employed by Progress Energy at its Crystal River nuclear plant from 1996-98. He now resides in Crystal River.
• Felicia Banks West, a lawyer and legislative consultant with Clyburn Consulting in Washington, D.C. She was previously recommended by the PSC but rejected by Crist because of her previous work as a staff attorney at the PSC.
• Reginald D. Hicks, assistant county attorney for Broward County who does not want to resign from his job if appointed.
• Michael Green, retired vice president of Duke Energy in Florida and personally appeared before the PSC. Resides in New Smyrna Beach.