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Dockery begins to roll out endorsements

State Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, announced her first endorsement from a fellow lawmaker Monday and more are expected in coming days as she ramps up her campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

State Sen. Dennis Jones, a Republican from Seminole, "enthusiastically endorsed" Dockery as the next governor in a statement issued by her campaign.

“It has been my honor to serve with Senator Paula Dockery since 1996. During that time, I have been so impressed with her knowledge of the issues, willingness to listen and her honesty. Having Paula on your side of an issue means that half of the work is already done. It is a pleasure to be supporting her for Governor of the State of Florida.”

Jones' support is no surprise. The two lawmakers work together often in the Senate.