Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday announced the appointment of Kristy Branch Banks to fill the District 3 vacancy on the Franklin County School Board, effective June 26.

She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Teresa Ann Martin, who stepped down in February in order to run for county tax collector. 

Banks, 47, of Apalachicola, is owner of an Eastpoint law practice and received a juris doctor from Florida State University. She also serves as secretary of the Republican Party of Florida.

Banks' stay on the school board will be brief, as her term ends Nov. 13, 2018. She did not seek to run for the non-partisan seat, and so is not eligible to be elected at the upcoming Aug. 28 primary.

Two Democrats, Fonda D. Davis, Sr. and Roderick L. Robinson, Jr., have qualified to run in the August election. The victor in that election will fill the remaning two years of Martin's term.

Both Davis and Robinson sought the gubernatorial appointment, as did Democrats LaTrina D. Lockley and Barry Hand; and Republicans Luis Valenzuela-Lopez, and Banks.