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Filling Rep. Coley's House Seat

Ion Sancho says the office is taking way too long to set a date for a special election to be held, following the death of Florida Rep. David Coley.

When Florida Rep. David Coley passed away last month, lawmakers started looking ahead to a special election that would fill Coley's District 7 seat, a seat that represents some 8,000 registered voters in Leon County.

Ion Sancho, Leon County Supervisor of Elections, says, "In previous cases where a person has passed, before or during the session, the governor has scheduled an immediate special session."

Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho says a date should have been set by now.

Sancho says, "We'd hoped the election would be held in March; that wasn't the case. We'd hoped it'd be done in May; that apparently isn't the case either."

Jacob Sipietre, spokesperson for the Office of the Governor, says, "I'm not sure it's taking long at all. We're in the middle of a session and there are a lot of things going on. We're just following the process set forth by Florida statues and working with the House and Senate."

Sen. Al Lawson says things are on the right track and that a date is on the verge of being set.

Sen. Al Lawson, (D) FL, District 6, says, "Even if you had an election right now, the person that you would elect would not be here before session ends, so as a result, I think we're moving in the right direction."

Sen. Lawson says possibly by the end of this week there will be dates established for the special election.

Lawson says in Coley's absence, Coley's staff members are working alongside lawmakers to see that many of the projects he left behind get funded.


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