- Sunburn for 7/29 – A morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics
- Net worth of Florida legislators is on the rise, new reporting shows
- Florida Forest Service sends firefighters to help battle western blazes
- Judge upholds blind trust used by Rick Scott
- Florida State law professor Daniel Markel was killed in his car
- Democratic House candidate Shawna Vercher’s financial disclosures raise more questions than answers
Personnel note: Alia Faraj reappointed, Sean Hall appointed to Florida Elections Commission
Faraj, 47, of Tallahassee, has been a partner and executive vice president of Ron Sachs Communications since 2007. Previously, she was communications director for Governor Jeb Bush from 2004 to 2007. Before serving as deputy chief of staff for the Florida Department of State during the 2004 election cycle, she was press secretary for Governor Jeb Bush for 2003 and 2004 and communications director for both the Florida Department of Community Affairs and the Florida Department of Children and Families for seven months in 2002. She has served on the scholarship board of the American Association of State Troopers since 2008. Faraj received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She is reappointed for a term beginning February 29, 2012, and ending December 31, 2015.
Hall, 42, of Jacksonville, has been an executive business development manager and national sales manager for Panasonic Computer Solutions Company since 2003. Previously, he was a manager with Exabyte Corporation from 1999 to 2003, with Pomeroy Computer Resources from 1997 to 1999 and with Ikon Office Solutions from 1996 to 1997. He served in the United States Army and the Army National Guard from 1989 to 2006. His community involvement includes serving on the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Board of Directors and on the Better Jacksonville Plan Citizens Oversight Committee from 2007 to 2011. He is a founding member of the Political Leadership Institute. Hall received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida. He succeeds Jose Rodriguez and is appointed for a term beginning February 29, 2012, and ending December 31, 2015.