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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 covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to Central Florida in 2005 to attend the University of Central Florida. He began working at WMFE as a college intern where he discovered his love for public radio.