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Gov. Scott appoints wife of former Miami commissioner Sarnoff to transit board


Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Teresa Sarnoff, the wife of former Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, to the Florida Transportation Commission, a citizen's oversight board of the state's Department of Transportation, and expressway and regional transportation authorities.

The Sarnoffs are both Democrats but supported Scott in his reelection. Scott previously appointed Marc Sarnoff to the governing board of Miami-Dade's Metropolitan Planning Organization, but his term ended when he stepped down as Miami's District 2 commissioner due to term limits. His wife had hoped to win an election last month to name his replacement, but withdrew from the race when it became clear she couldn't beat new commissioner Ken Russell in a runoff election.

Scott's office announced Sarnoff's appointment late Friday. Her term runs until Sept. 30, 2019.