Several Line Up To Replace Former Senator Frank Artiles In Special Election

May 9, 2017

Governor Rick Scott may have just called for a special election, but several people are already lining up to replace Frank Artiles. The former state senator was forced to resign last month over controversial comments he made to his former colleagues.

On Tuesday, Annette Taddeo—a former chair of Miami-Dade Democratic Party—announced her Senate run for the District 40 seat in South Florida.  She was also Charlie Crist’s 2014 running mate.

Rep. Jose Felix Diaz (R-Miami) is now running for the Senate seat as well. He’d indicated those plans during his farewell on the House floor Monday.

“They say that all good things must come to an end, and to an end, my time in the Florida House comes—abruptly, joyously, and without regret,” he said, at the time.

Meanwhile, former Republican Senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla—a veteran lawmaker—as well as Rep. Daisy Baez (D-Coral Gables)—a freshman lawmaker—have also filed. The Primary is set for July 25, while the Special Election is set for September 26.

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