Jim Davis Chooses Darryl Jones as Running Mate

Daryl Jones
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis chose former state Sen. Daryl Jones of Miami as his lieutenant governor nominee.

Jones is a colonel in the Air Force Reserves, has served 12 years in the state legislature and in 2002 was the first black candidate to make a serious run for governor.

That makes Jones a 'very wise choice,' according to University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus.

MacMANUS: Sen. Jones was outstanding as a candidate himself in the 2002 gubernatorial race. He'll be an excellent surrogate for the candidate, Jim Davis.

If the Davis-Jones team wins the November election, Jones could be the first black lieutenant governor in Florida history.

Republican nominee Charlie Crist picked state Representative Jeff Kottkamp, of Cape Coral, as his running mate.

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