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Carlos Lopez-Cantera named Florida lieutenant governor



Carlos Lopez-Cantera, introduced Tuesday morning as Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s new lieutenant governor, said in an interview with the Times/Herald that he wanted the job “to get back in the game” of Tallahassee politics.

“I feel excited. This is great. It’s a great opportunity,” said Lopez-Cantera, a seasoned lawmaker and deal-maker who has been the Miami-Dade property appraiser since 2012.

Scott ended a 10-month guessing game by choosing Lopez-Cantera, 40, who served in the state House for eight years before winning the appraiser’s position in a nonpartisan county-wide election.

Lopez-Cantera will be the state’s first Hispanic lieutenant governor and the first person from Miami-Dade to hold the position since it was re-established by voters in 1968. He replaces Jennifer Carroll, who resigned last March.

Bilingual and media savvy, Lopez-Cantera brings youth and diversity to Scott’s ticket. The question is whether he brings a “wow” factor in his new partnership with a governor who continues to struggle to gain favor with voters.

Read more on the developing story here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:34am]


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