Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements — both on and off — of the legislative merry-go-round.

On: Austin Kernan is a new legislative analyst in the Senate Majority Office.

Off: Cathy Boyett is no longer a committee administrative assistant for the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee.

Off: Administrative support staffer Lindsey Locke is no longer with the House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee and the Careers & Competition Subcommittee.

On: Juanita Mitchell is the new administrative support for House Health & Human Services Committee.

On and off: Erin Juszczyk replaced Robert Hunter as the administrative lead for the House Rules & Policy Committee.

On: Varna Mitchell is a new legislative assistant to Tallahassee Democratic Sen. Bill Montford.

Off: Claribel Ortiz is no longer a legislative assistant to Kissimmee Democratic Sen. Victor Torres.

On: Emily Clark is the new legislative assistant for Eucheeanna Republican Rep. Brad Drake.

On: Justin Gendler has returned as district secretary for Democratic Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole of Plantation.

On and off: Franchezka Rosso is no longer senior executive secretary, and Jessica Garafola is the new district secretary for West Park Democratic Rep. Shevrin Jones.

On: Terry Dooley is a new district secretary for Tequesta Republican Rep. MaryLynn Magar.

On: Kyle Langan is the new legislative assistant for Dover Republican Rep. Lawrence McClure.

On: Sabrina Jerome is a new district secretary for Winter Park Republican Rep. Mike Miller.

On: Amber Smith is a new legislative assistant to Longwood Republican Rep. Scott Plakon.

Off: Deniz Ozaltin is no longer district secretary for Democratic Rep. Emily Slosberg of Boca Raton.

On and off: Dennis Ragosta is no longer legislative assistant to Ocala Republican Rep. Charlie Stone. Josh Barnhill has also joined Stone’s office as a legislative assistant. He was previously assistant to former Sarasota Republican Rep. Alex Miller.

On and off: Brian Kissel is no longer legislative assistant for Tampa Republican Rep. Jackie ToledoColton Curry has replaced Kissel.

On and off: Brock Laramee became a district secretary for Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Trujillo. Mauricio Montiel has also left as Trujillo’s legislative assistant and is now in Miami-Dade Republican Rep. Manny Diaz‘s office.

Off: Shannon Hardy is no longer the chief legislative assistant for Pace Republican Rep. Jayer Williamson.

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