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A candidate has filed for the Tallahassee House seat held by Rep. Ramon Alexander

Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee speaks during debate on a redistricting bill April 21, 2022 at the Capitol.
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AP
Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee speaks during debate on a redistricting bill April 21, 2022 at the Capitol. Alexander, the incoming leader of the House Democrats, says he will not seek reelection following allegations that he sexually harassed a former employee of Florida A&M.

After Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, announced Thursday he would not seek re-election amid a controversy about alleged sexual harassment, the first candidate has emerged to try to succeed him.

Tallahassee Democrat Gallop Franklin opened a campaign account Friday to run in House District 8 in Leon and Gadsden counties, according to the state Division of Elections website.

Alexander, D-Tallahassee, had been slated to become House Democratic leader after the November elections. But he announced he would not run for another term in the House after a report by the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper detailed allegations against Alexander by a former Florida A&M University employee.

In the newspaper report, Alexander described a consensual relationship with former FAMU athletic-department employee Michael Johnson Jr. — which Johnson denied.