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Crist names more transition leaders

Governor-elect Charlie Crist on Monday named five more leaders to head citizen review panels for Crist's transition team: Bob Sparks, Steve Swindal, Paul Peterson, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, and former Rep. Randy Johnson, who mounted an unsuccessful campaign for chief financial officer.

Johnson, who was one of the few Republicans who sharply criticized the Legislature's major insurance bill it passed during the spring session, will be in charge of reviewing the Office of Insurance Regulation. Baker will be in charge of the growth and environment review panel, while Sparks, who now works for Crist in the attorney general's office, will in charge of the panel that reviews the Department of Children and Familes, the Department of Elder Affairs and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Swindal, a general partner of the New York Yankees, will lead the economic development review panel while Peterson will lead the education review panel. Peterson is director of the program of education policy and governance at Harvard University.

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