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Senate Prez-elect Andy Gardiner's staff takes shape


There is the expected churn in the Senate president's office as Don Gaetz winds down his tenure and Andy Gardiner prepares to take the reins.

Gaetz's chief of staff, Chris Clark, resigned and was recently named senior vice president of public affairs at the Florida Medical Association. Gardiner promoted Clark's deputy, Reynold Meyer, to serve as his chief of staff.

Tony Cortese, who has worked for Gardiner in various capacities over the years, will become his education policy advisor. Andrew Mackintosh will move over from the Senate Majority Office to serve as Gardiner's economic policy advisor.

Stacy VanCamp-Garcia, a longtime advisor to Gardiner, will also join his Senate presidency staff. 

There are several holdovers from Gaetz's staff, including communicators director Katie Betta, health policy chief Carol Gormley, general counsel George Levesque, and senior policy advisor Lisa Vickers.

Gardiner, R-Orlando, will officially become Senate president in a ceremony some time after the November election.

Gaetz, R-Niceville, still has two more years in his term and will keep Eric Edwards as his chief legislative aide in Tallahassee.