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‘Rising star’ Vincent Evans will head to Washington D.C. with Al Lawson

As an indication of the predictive power of our Rising Stars series, look no further than Vincent Evans.

The Florida A&M alum has been a mainstay of state and local government in Tallahassee.

Now the (former) aide to Tallahassee City Commissioner Curtis Richardson has announced his next move. And it’s to the next level.

In his May Rising Stars profile, Evans credited Congressional District 5 Representative-elect Al Lawson with having given him “countless opportunities and [having] showed me what a good heart really looked like.”

On Friday, Evans mentioned another opportunity Lawson is giving him; namely, to be the congressman’s “special assistant” in Washington, D.C.

Evans told the story on Facebook.

“I’ve known and worked for the Congressman-elect a long time,” Evans wrote, “and I’m deeply honored by the faith and confidence he has demonstrated in me by extending an invitation for me to join him in Washington.”

“While this is not a decision I arrived at lightly, I recalled a friend once telling me, ‘one must take the opportunity of a lifetime, during the lifetime of that opportunity.’ And I know as scripture says, “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” Evans added.

Lawson’s colleague in the Jacksonville delegation, Congressman-elect John Rutherford, has been filling out his own staff.

As we reported first on Wednesday, Kelly Simpson will be Rutherford’s chief of staff, moving over from Rep. Robert Hurt’s office. Jackie Smith, a Crenshaw holdover, will run the district office.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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