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Fate of two PSC members in Crist's hands as he faces Oct. 3 deadline



Gov. Charlie Crist has until Oct. 3 to appoint two people to a four-year term on the Public Service Commission and decide the fate of incumbent commissioners Matthew Carter and Katrina McMurrian. The position pays $133,000 a year. If the governor fails to make an appointment, the PSC nominating council will choose. Carter, who is hoping to be reappointed to the post, complicated the governor's decision last week when he extended the FPL rate case into January.

Read the full story on the nominees here. The candidates are:

Matthew Carter, 56 -- Current PSC chairman. Originally appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush after serving as staff director for the Florida House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs. Has a law degree and is a Baptist minister.

John Grayson, 44 -- President of Grayson Accounting, a Tallahassee CPA firm; served as PSC's inspector general for six years. Has a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's in business administration.

David Klement, 69 -- Former editorial page editor for the Bradenton Herald. Current director of the Institute for Public Policy & Leadership at the University of South Florida. Holds bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's in communication.

Katrina McMurrian, 36 -- Current commissioner. Originally appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush after serving on the PSC staff for seven years. Holds a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's in business administration.

Benjamin (Steve) Stevens, 44 -- Chief financial officer for the Escambia County sheriff, former budget analyst for Escambia's County Commission. Holds a bachelors degree in finance.

Felicia West, 41 -- Consultant and lobbyist in Washington, D.C., for Clyburn Consultant. Former PSC senior attorney. Holds a law degree.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:19pm]


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