Diaz or Taddeo to replace legislator who resigned over slur

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By: Associated Press
July 26, 2017

MIAMI (AP) -- Republican Jose Felix Diaz and Democrat Annette Taddeo will meet in a special election to replace a Florida legislator who resigned after using a racial slur and vulgar language in a conversation with two African-American colleagues.

Unofficial online results show Diaz took 58 percent of the vote in his primary against two opponents. Taddeo won 71 percent over one rival in the Democratic race.

The Miami-Dade County seat goes to the winner of the September 26 special election.

Former State Senator Frank Artiles resigned in April, days after using a racial slur and vulgarities at a private club near the state Capitol. He apologized on the Senate floor soon after.

Diaz, an attorney, once competed on a reality show hosted by now President Donald Trump. Taddeo ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2014.


By: Associated Press
July 25, 2017

MIAMI (AP) -- Voters in Miami-Dade County will head to the polls Tuesday to choose a replacement for Frank Artiles, who resigned after using a racial slur and vulgar language in a conversation with two African-American colleagues.

Former State Senator Artiles resigned in April, four days after he used a racial slur and vulgarities at a private club near the state Capitol. He later apologized on the Senate floor.

The election features three Republicans and two Democrats contending for the seat. The winners of the primary will advance to a special election on September 26.

Three former legislators are vying for the seat, including Jose Felix Diaz, an attorney who once competed on the reality show hosted by Donald Trump. Democrat Annette Taddeo ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2014.


By: Associated Press
May 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Governor Rick Scott has scheduled a special election for the district where a senator resigned after using a racial slur and vulgar language in a conversation with two African-American colleagues.

Scott signed an executive order Monday to set a July 25 primary election for the seat formerly held by Republican Sen. Frank Artiles. The special election will take place Sept. 26.

Artiles resigned April 21, four days after he used the slur and vulgarities at a private club near the state Capitol. He later apologized on the Senate floor.

The seat in Miami-Dade County was vacant for the final two weeks of the Florida Legislature’s session.



 
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