Five to compete in Florida House District 24 special primary election

The special primary election for Florida House of Representatives District 24 is on March 7, 2023. Justin Albright, Ryan Chamberlin, Jose Juarez, Stephen Pyles, and Charlie Stone are competing to advance to the general election scheduled for May 16. The filing deadline to run passed on Jan. 10.

The special election was called after Rep. Joe Harding (R) resigned on Dec. 8, 2022, after a federal grand jury indicted him on fraud charges. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and said, “I believe in Floridians and want what is best for them, and I believe their leaders need not be encumbered by distractions that are mine alone.” Harding served from 2020 to 2022. 

As of February 2023, 24 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2023 in 11 states. Between 2011 and 2021, an average of 74 special elections took place each year. Florida held 28 special elections from 2010 to 2022.

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