April Freeman, the Democratic political consultant and frequent candidate who won the party nomination in the open 17th District, passed away suddenly on Monday night of an apparent heart attack according to her husband. She was 54 years old.
Yesterday, Florida election authorities indicated that the local Democrats will be able to replace the late Ms. Freeman, but they cannot re-print ballots. Therefore, in order to vote for the new nominee, whoever that person may be, supporters will have to punch Ms. Freeman’s name. Any Freeman vote will count for the replacement nominee.
Republican state Sen. Greg Steube becomes the prohibitive favorite to win the open seat in November. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Okeechobee) is retiring.
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