On August 17, 2010, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sink announced that former state Sen. Rod Smith (D-Alachua) would be her candidate for lieutenant governor in the 2010 general election.
While in the Florida Senate, Mr. Smith was perceived as a moderate who was well-liked by leaders of both parties. In 2006, he ran in the Democratic primary for governor but lost to U.S. Rep. Jim Davis. He also served as state attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit from 1993 through 2000.
Neither of the Republican candidates for governor has yet announced his choice of a running mate. Speculation about possible running mates for Mr. McCollum has focused on several current or former state representatives: Holly Benson of Pensacola, Jennifer Carroll of Jacksonville, Anitere Flores of Miami, and Adam Hasner of Delray Beach. For Mr. Scott, the most widely mentioned names are Sen. Paula Dockery of Lakeland and Rep. Baxter Troutman of Winter Haven.