At long last, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has scheduled special elections for three South Florida legislative districts.
On Oct. 27, DeSantis issued an executive order scheduling special elections for House District 88 and 94 and Senate District 33. Primary elections are set for January 11, 2022 with a general election to follow, if necessary, March 8, 2022.
Elijah Manley, a candidate for the District 94 seat, and the Harvard Law School Election Law Clinic sued DeSantis to execute the duties of his office and schedule special elections for the three districts. Twelve days after the lawsuit was filed, DeSantis caved and scheduled the elections. Democracy prevailed, Manley said.
“After shamelessly delaying a free and fair election, the governor has called the special election,” Manley said. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the Harvard Election Law Clinic and all those who stood with me and took a chance. Now, the race begins.”
As of the most recent campaign finance reporting period ending Sept. 30, the Manley campaign had raised $15,984.09. Contributors include Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, Oakland Park Commissioner Matt Sparks and Wilton Manors Commissioner Chris Caputo.
Daryl Nevroy Campbell, an aide to out-going District 94 Representative Bobby DuBose, leads all candidates in fundraising with $46,279.18 followed by Josephus Eggelletion III of Miramar with $18,650 and Oakland Park Vice Mayor Michael Carn with $16,040.
There are no Republicans currently filed in District 94 meaning the Jan. 11 election will decide the seat. Vote by mail will likely commence in late November or early December, said Manley.