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Florida state lawmaker entering race to succeed Hastings

Florida state lawmaker entering race to succeed Hastings
© screenshot/ floridahouse

Florida state Rep. Bobby DuBose (D) announced Tuesday that he will be entering the race to succeed the late Rep. Alcee HastingsAlcee (Judge) Lamar HastingsDemocrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal DeSantis schedules special election to replace Alcee Hastings for January MORE (D-Fla.).

Hastings died at the age of 84 earlier this month after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

DuBose, who is in his fourth term in the state House, is just the latest official to enter what is looking like a crowded race to succeed Hastings.

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DuBose is the Democratic Party's co-leader in the state House. Term limits would prevent him from running for the state House again in 2022, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

“I’ve shown that I can work on issues in tough climates. I’m able to pass legislation,” DuBose said, according to the Sentinel.

A date for the special election to replace Hastings, has not been set by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisACLU sues Florida over law targeting ballot initiatives Montana governor approves restrictions on transgender athletes in schools Advocates sound alarm as restrictive voting laws pile up MORE (R). In order for DuBose to qualify for the election, he will have to submit a resignation from his current office. 

Florida's Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharie and former Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor are also running for the late congressman's seat.