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The Search Is On For Florida's Next Lieutenant Governor

The search has now officially started for Governor Rick Scott’s next second-In-command. Scott is looking for his next running mate to replace former Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, who resigned amid a probe into an alleged gambling scandal.

Following Carroll’s resignation, Governor Scott says he wanted to wait awhile before looking for her replacement. Months later, Scott says he’s finally ready to begin.

“We’re starting the process, now that we’re done with the session, the budget, the bills. I’ve asked my Chief of Staff, Adam Hollingsworth, to help me with the criteria, what the qualifications, what we should be looking for. Then, we’ll take the right amount of time because we want to get the right person who will be good at this.”

In the past, Scott has said he’s looking for someone who’ll push jobs and education, though he hasn’t named anyone specific. There’s also been speculation the Governor is receiving outside help in finding his next running mate, including from former Senate President Mike Haridopolos. But Scott says for now, “it’s an internal process.”

“...so it won’t be done externally. As I travel the state, there’s plenty of people who give me advice, want to hand me resumes, all sorts of things. But, it’s an internal process.”

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.