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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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

Off: Ashley Ross is no longer deputy chief of staff on Commerce, Tourism, and Community Affairs in the Senate President’s office.

Off: Holly Maxwell is no longer committee administrative assistant for the Senate Appropriations Committee.

On: Abby Ross and Christi Fearnley have become legislative assistants for newly elected Boynton Beach Democratic Sen. Lori Berman.

Off and on: Michele McCloskey is no longer district secretary for Bradenton Republican Rep. Jim Boyd. She has now moved to become district secretary for Tampa Republican Rep. Shawn Harrison.

Off and on: Kevin Lata has been replaced by Grace Moseley as a legislative assistant for Sarasota Democratic Rep. Margaret Good.

On and off: Bill McVay is the new district secretary for Winter Garden Republican Rep. Bobby Olszewski. District Secretary Samantha Surdin is leaving the position to take over duties as Olszewski’s campaign manager with the Republican Party of Florida for his re-election this year in House District 44.  Surdin previously successfully served in this role last year when Olszewski won both the Republican primary and general election in a special election in October. McVay who comes from Washington D.C. with extensive nonprofit work along with an MBA from Virginia Tech. The former long-time aide to former Senate President Andy GardinerKathy Johnson, remains as Olszewski’s legislative aide.

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