Florida state Rep. Shevrin Jones, center, was on the campaign trail for presidential candidate Joe Biden in Iowa before that state’s presidential caucuses. At right, former Secretary of State John Kerry.(Twitter of Shevrin Jones / Courtesy) Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is holding a video town hall on Wednesday afternoon on coronavirus, showing how the pandemic has become the world’s preeminent issue – and the importance the Democrats are placing on Florida. The moderator for the town hall is state Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park. Jones was an early supporter of Biden – and traveled to Iowa before that state’s caucuses to campaign for the former vice president. Utilizing Jones shows that Democrats see him a party star. Florida awards 29 of the 270 electoral votes needed to with the presidency, which makes it a major prize for Biden and President Donald Trump. Jones is leaving the Florida House because of term limits and running in the August primary for the nomination to run for an open state Senate seat that takes in parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Before Jones takes to the internet to host the discussion with Biden, he’s holding another virtual town hall with a less-predictable guest: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also to discuss the coronavirus. The Jones-Rubio town hall, scheduled to start at 12:45 p.m., will consider what the state and federal governments are doing to control the spread of the virus and deal with the economic fallout.
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