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Gubernatorial Candidates Announce Lieutenant Governor Picks

Gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum (D) and Ron DeSantis (R)
Gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum (D) and Ron DeSantis (R)

Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum picked former primary opponent Chris King as his running mate, while Republican Ron DeSantis chose state representative Jeanette Nuñez.

During a Facebook live announcement, King said he gained respect for Gillum during the race. "This is not a political marriage, this is not a marriage of convenience. I developed a friendship with Andrew Gillum over 18 months as we were competing."

King touted the campaign’s platform like affordable housing, access to healthcare, battling gun violence, and criminal justice reform.

Republican candidate Ron DeSantis’s running mate Jeanette Nuñez has been a member of the Florida House of Representatives since 2010, representing a district in Miami.

She faced criticism for a tweet back in 2016 slamming then-candidate Donald Trump, who has endorsed the DeSantis campaign as President.

"We’re here talking about moving Florida forward, elections are elections," said Nuñez at a campaign stop in Orlando. "It’s not secret I was a Marco Rubio supporter but that election is done and I’m looking forward to this election.”

DeSantis said Nuñez will help the state build on its economic success and lead in education reform.

Gillum and King face DeSantis and Nuñez in the general election November 6th.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."