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Movers & Shakers

Governor's appointments

Aventura City Commissioner Luz Weinberg, director of communications for Bouygues Construction, has been appointed to the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority.

She is also the vice president of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and a member of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Broward Sheriff Scott J. Israel  has been reappointed to the Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council.'Great Floridians'

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

'Great Floridians'

Betty Sembler and the late Ruth Springer Wedgworth were honored as Great Floridians during a reception Monday at the Governor’s Mansion.

Sembler was one of the 10 founding members of Straight, Inc. a nonprofit drug treatment program,  and was the founder and president of Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.) and the Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. During three decades of activism, she also served as a member of the Governor's Drug Policy Task Force in Florida.

Springer Wedgworth built a small family farm in Palm Beach County into one of the state's most prominent agribusinesses and she was named a Woman of the Year in Florida Agriculture. Her son, George Wedgworth, accepted the award on her behalf.

Florida's Republican Party builds bigger staff

Tim Saler, John Vinson and Andrew Abdel-Malik have been given positions with the Republican Party of Florida and the Republican National Committee in the state.

Saler, who was recently a strategy director with the Republican Party of Wisconsin and the national turnout director at the RNC will serve as deputy executive director for political strategy. Vinson, who this spring was campaign manager for South Carolina State Rep. Chip Limehouse in his congressional bid will be the RNC’s state director for Florida. Abdel-Malik, who recently served as the digital director for the Michigan Republican Party, will serve as Florida Republican party’s director of digital strategy.

Pennington P.A. expands legislative team

Michael P. Harrell and Marnie L. George have joined Pennington P.A.’s governmental and legislative affairs team. Harrell has been named senior government affairs consultant and George has been named government affairs consultant.

Prior to joining Pennington, Harrell was with Foley & Lardner LLP where he ran the Florida Public Affairs Practice Group for seven years. George was most recently the founder of a public affairs consulting firm, The George Group,  representing state and national clients.