JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Republican nominee for governor Rick Scott will name Republican State Rep. Jennifer Carroll of Jacksonville, as his running mate. Carroll confirmed she was his selection during call to the South Florida Times on Thursday.
A formal announcement of his choice for lieutenant governor will be made during a ceremony scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. EST, Thursday, at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.
Events in Orlando and the Tampa area will follow.
The 51-year-old Carroll served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and was elected to the Florida Legislature in 2003. She was on the short list of those under consideration as Gov. Charlie Crist's running mate in 2006.
She becomes the state's second black and first black woman to be a candidate for lieutenant governor.
Scott beat Bill McCollum for the GOP nomination in the Aug. 24 primary. He'll face Democrat Alex Sink in the general election Nov. 2. Carroll's selection is expected to energize the already upbeat Scott campaign.