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Ravel is the former county counsel for Santa Clara County, a job that included advising elected officials on state political conduct rules, noted Jessica Levinson.
"It seems like he [Brown] appointed someone who has a lot of applicable experience," Levinson said. "She seems to have a deep understanding of the Political Reform Act, which is what she will be working with."
Eskovitz, 40, is a Republican and replaces Schwarzenegger appointee Timothy A. Hodson, a Democrat.
The new commissioner is a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. He served as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1999 to 2003, where he prosecuted cases involving financial and bank fraud, money-laundering and public corruption.
"You can’t get someone with a more sterling pedigree," Levinson said.