Special elections to replace the deceased representative Alcy HastingsAlcee (judge) Lamar Hastings Biden’s Morning Report – Biden to take stock, revive pressure on big government Democrats evaporate from DeSantis silence in Florida election Florida lawmaker runs for Hasting (D-Fla.) To be held early next year, Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.
DeSantis, who has been silent for weeks about when voters can expect to choose Hastings’ successor, said primary elections in Florida’s 20th convention district will take place on Nov. 2, with general elections on Jan. 11.
Hastings district is considered a safe haven for Democrats, and the party’s potential candidate is likely to win next year’s general election. But the schedule for the special election means that residents of the 20th district of Florida, the majority neighborhood of Cherni in South Florida, will have to wait at least another eight months for representation in Washington.
The schedule set by DeSantis flies at the urging of local officials and candidates for the position, who urged him to hold the election quickly.
Wendy Link, Palm Beach County Election Supervisor, suggested the governor convene a primary course on Sept. 14 with a general election on Nov. 9. Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharouff, one of the Democrats running for Hastings’ replacement, called for a primary to be held in August, with general elections to be held in November.
Hastings died in early April after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 84 years old.
The special election schedule also has national political implications. Democrats currently hold one of the thinnest majorities in Parliament in decades, and the vacancy in Hastings’ seat means one less Democrat vote in the lower house for the rest of 2021.
Prior to the announcement of DeSantis, Democrats feared the governor would seek to keep Hastings’ seat vacant for as long as possible. His decision on Tuesday is likely to provoke their objections.