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As LG report surfaces, Gov. Rick Scott's office downplays idea

Orange County Schools superintendent Barbara Jenkins with Gov. Rick Scott at Ocoee Middle School on May 7.

Orlando Sentinel

Orange County Schools superintendent Barbara Jenkins with Gov. Rick Scott at Ocoee Middle School on May 7.

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Gov. Rick Scott’s office is downplaying speculation about the search for a new lieutenant governor as a published report says a leading candidate for the vacancy is one of his favorite educators: the superintendent of the Orange County Schools.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Scott is considering Barbara Jenkins, 52, for the position.

“Speculation about a new lieutenant governor is just that,” said Scott’s chief spokesman, Melissa Sellers. “We are still reviewing the bills that came out of the legislative session and have not started the LG process.”

Jenkins would be an inspired choice: She's a career educator and an African-American who oversees the nation's 11th-largest public school system. A native of Winter Park with bachelor's and graduate degrees from the University of Central Florida, she also could help Scott in the I-4 corridor in Central Florida that is considered crucial in statewide elections.

Jenkins also is a registered Democrat.

Scott was in Illinois Wednesday attending the funeral of a childhood friend's father and is due in Tallahassee later Wednesday because an execution is scheduled at Florida State Prison.

Watch the developing story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 2:48pm]

    

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