Gov. Rick Scott drew two little-known Republican challengers Monday as the week-long candidate qualifying period got underway in Florida.
Both of Scott's newfound rivals are women: Yinka Abosede Adeshina of Tallahassee and Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder of Sarasota each paid the qualifying fee of about $7,800 to have their names listed on the Aug. 26 ballot.
Both will be considered the longest of longshots, but their presence on the ballot may force Scott to spend time and resources solidifying his Republican base. Scott also is likely to face questions of whether he's willing to debate his primary opponents.
Adeshina's website describes her as "focused on providing healthcare to all Floridians by 2017, improving diversification in the workforce and reducing unemployment." She is a 1997 graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit and is the mother of twin sons, one of whom is autistic, according to her campaign web site, www.yinkaadeshinaforgovernor2014.com.
Cuevas-Neunder's web site, www.elizabethforgovernor.com, describes her as the only bilingual candidate for governor and that she's running on behalf of all of the "underrepresented citizens of our state."