The bond of politics, sports and family for Lt. Gov.-elect Jennifer Carroll
It's the summer of 1999 and 12-year-old Nolan Carroll II, a talented little soccer player and track star, is skating around his Jacksonville neighborhood with a stack of political fliers, going door to door to campaign for his mother. He is racing his younger sister, Nyckie, and brother, Necho, to see who delivers the most leaflets for Jennifer Carroll, who is running for the U.S. House.
It became a ritual in the Carroll household over the next 10 years. Mom runs for office, kids canvass neighborhoods, wave signs on street corners, smile and shake hands at rallies. They got good at it, and whenever they could make a contest of their political duties, they did.
Politics and sports continue to consume the family. Nolan is now a rookie cornerback for the Miami Dolphins. His mother last week became Florida's lieutenant governor-elect, the first black and first woman elected to that post. She was also the first black Republican woman voted into the Florida Legislature seven years ago. (story here)