April 13 – Florida State House District 4
After an extremely expensive Republican primary to fill the seat formerly held by Republican Ray Sansom who resigned amidst corruption allegations, Matt Gaetz is turning his focus to the general election and his Democratic challenger, Jan Fernald. Gaetz, the son of State Senator Don Gaetz spent over $300,000 to defeat candidates with more elected experience and made few friends with his Republican rivals, some of whom are looking to challenge him in the regularly scheduled election this fall.
The Republican majority in the legislature has little to fear from this race as the party holds a 75-44 advantage with this one vacancy.
Before he has to worry about that general election, he must win this special one. Though the district is traditionally conservative, Democrats hope they have a fitting candidate in Fernald, a US Air Force veteran and defense industry employee. To learn more about her and her campaign, click here.
Matt Gaetz is a Fort Walton Beach attorney who was endorsed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush in the primary and clearly has the establishment backing in the district. To learn more about his campaign, click here.