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South Florida candidates qualify for Florida legislative special elections

A woman drops her ballot by mail at Broward County Supervisor Of Elections Office in Lauderhill, Fla., on Oct. 5, 2020.
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A woman drops her ballot by mail at Broward County Supervisor Of Elections Office in Lauderhill, Fla., on Oct. 5, 2020.

Ten candidates have qualified to run in special elections for three legislative seats that opened when incumbents decided to run for Congress.

The qualifying period in Broward County’s Senate District 33, Palm Beach County’s House District 88 and Broward County’s House District 94 started Tuesday and ended at noon Wednesday.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, the state Division of Elections website showed that Democrats Terry Ann Williams Edden and Rosalind Osgood and Republican Joseph Carter qualified to run in Senate District 33, which is open because of the resignation of Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale.

Meanwhile, Democrats Tae Edmonds and Clarence Williams and Republican Guarina Torres qualified to run in House District 88, which is open because of the resignation of Rep. Omari Hardy, D-West Palm Beach. Also, Democrats Daryl Campbell, Josephus Eggelletion III, Rod Kemp and Elijah Manley qualified to run in House District 94, which is open because of the resignation of House Minority Co-leader Bobby DuBose, D-Fort Lauderdale.

Thurston, Hardy and DuBose had to submit resignations to run in a special election to replace the late Congressman Alcee Hastings, though they lost in a primary this month.

The special primary elections in the legislative races will be held Jan. 11, while the special general election will be held March 8.