Mike La Rosa replaces Mike Horner (but not on ballot) in HD 42 race

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GOP leaders today announced that real-estate professional Mike La Rosa will replace Representative Mike Horner, the Republican who exited the race after being named in a prostitution case.

La Rosa, a native Floridian who has lived in Celebration for five years, will run in place of Horner for the Florida House District 42, which straddles Osceola and Polk counties and includes St.Cloud, Lake Wales and Frostproof.

Born and raised in Miami, La Rosa is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

After graduating from UCF, LaRosa and his brother started LaRosa Development and LaRosa Realty.

“I commend Michael LaRosa for his strong desire to serve his fellow Floridians in the State House and his willingness to run under difficult circumstances. The citizens of House District 42 will be well represented in Tallahassee under his leadership” said Republican Party of Florida chairman Lenny Curry.

La Rosa will face Democrat Eileen Game, a Polk County business owner and political newcomer, in the Nov. 6 election. However, the Republican candidate’s name will not appear on the ballot because, under state law, Horner’s name must remain.

On Saturday afternoon, the Florida Democratic Party issued a statement in support of Game.

“Florida Democrats are excited and energized to support Eileen Game’s campaign for House District 42,” said Chairman Rod Smith. “Eileen has strong roots in her community, believes in effective and efficient government, and has the real world experience we need to change Tallahassee and get results for middle class families. We’re looking forward to supporting her candidacy, and we’re confident that she’ll have the resources she needs to win. “

Material from the Orlando Sentinel was used this report.

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