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DeSantis schedules January special election to fill Alcee Hastings’ seat

The major for Florida’s twentieth Congressional District can be on November 2 with the final election on January 11, DeSantis stated, asserting an upcoming govt order that may set the special election.

“I know there’ll be a lot of folks that want to run for it, so hopefully that gives them enough time to be able to get on the ballot and do whatever they need to do to be competitive,” the Republican governor instructed reporters Tuesday.

The timing means the solidly blue district will probably go 9 months with out illustration, delaying Democrats from including one other member to their caucus at a time once they have a slender majority within the House.

Hastings had been the longest-serving member of Florida’s congressional delegation.

In January 2019, he introduced that he was being handled for pancreatic most cancers and deliberate to stay in Congress through the therapy, calling it “a battle worth fighting.”

Hastings was appointed to the Florida federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 and have become the state’s first African American federal decide. He started serving within the US House of Representatives in 1993 and has been a member of the House Rules Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid tribute to the late congressman in a press release, saying, “All who knew Alcee knew him as a champion for the most vulnerable in our nation.”

“As an attorney, civil rights activist and judge, and over his nearly thirty years in Congress, he fought tirelessly to create opportunities to lift up working families, communities of color, children and immigrants,” the California Democrat stated.

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