Report: Debbie Mayfield, Bob Cortes, Ken Lawson on Ron DeSantis' list of running mates - Florida Politics

Report: Debbie Mayfield, Bob Cortes, Ken Lawson on Ron DeSantis’ list of running mates

A report published in POLITICO Florida Friday morning says U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, the front-runner in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial race, has narrowed a list to nine possible Lieutenant Governor running mates including former VISIT FLORIDA President Ken Lawson and several lawmakers, including state Sen. Debbie Mayfield.

The report states that POLITICO received the list from anonymous sources, which the news service identifies as “two top Republicans connected to the campaign.”

In addition to Lawson and Mayfield, the report lists state Reps. Bob Cortes, Heather Fitzenhagen, Jeanette Nuñez, and Scott Plakon; Kissimmee City Commissioner Wanda Rentas; Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Laurel Lee, and Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams as being on DeSantis’ list.

POLITICO reports that DeSantis might name his running mate before the Aug. 28 primary, which he is heading toward with a double-digit polls lead over rival Republican Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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