FL Candidates For Gov. Announce Running Mates For Nov. Election

Both of Florida's major party candidates for governor have named their running mates ahead of the November election.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who won the Republican nomination, selected State Representative Jeanette Nunez of Miami for the number two spot.

The 46-year-old Nunez, who served as Speaker pro tempore and has served in the chamber since 2010, would be the first Cuban American woman to serve in the state’s executive branch if elected.

DeSantis announced his choice through a press release Thursday.


Meanwhile, Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum announced his selection live on his Facebook page, naming Orlando businessman - and former candidate for Governor - Chris King as his choice for the No. 2 spot.

The 39-year-old King, who campaigned as a "Christian progressive" during the primary season, finished last in the five candidate field but developed a friendship with Gillum during the election process.

Gillum became the first African-American nominated by a major party for Florida’s top spot when he won August's primary election.


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