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Movers and Shakers: Shuffles at Insurance Regulation

The Office of Insurance Regulation announced several staff changes on Friday. Richard Koon is now deputy commissioner for property and casualty after working as director of the office's property and casualty product review unit. He succeeds Al Willis, who joined the Department of Financial Services as its assistant division director of the Division of Rehabiliation and Liquidation.

Taking Koon's place as Property and Casualty Product Review unit director is Sandra Starnes, who was most recently the unit's deputy director.

Belinda Miller, who had assumed the role of acting general counsel in February upon the retirement of Steve Parton, was appointed general counsel. Similarly, Toma Wilkerson, was appointed director of Life and Health Financial Oversight after serving in the capacity since March.

And the agency's acting director of Property and Casualty Financial Oversight is Carolyn Morgan, who was most recently unit's chief analyst.

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Cedric McMinn, 31, is the new executive director of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. He was previously the Miami-Dade Young Democrats president and had been honored as the group's 2011 Young Democrat of the Year.

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Brittany Benner Perez started a new job today as communications director for the Office of Financial Regulation. Perez, a former broadcast reporter, had worked as deputy communications director at the Office of Insurance Regulation since February 2010.

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Amanda Nalley, a Tallahassee Democrat staffer of six years, joined the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as public information officer for its marine fisheries division. Nalley started Sept. 16. 

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Logan McFaddin is the legislative affairs director for the Department of Financial Services. McFadden replaces Ashley Mayer, who moved up to the department's director of policy, research and legislative affairs.

McFaddin had been legislative affairs director at the Department of Children and Families. Taking over for her there is Amanda Ball Prater. Her first day was today.

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Kevin Cate recently launched to "fill in the morning clips gap" in Florida politics as reported in TV news stories.

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Jacksonville-based Brunet-García Advertising & PR launched its new government affairs practice. Kevin Doyle, former state director for U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, will lead the division.

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