Republicans in Osceola and Polk counties will be selecting a new candidate to replace Representative Mike Horner, who dropped out of the race on Monday after being connected to a prostitution scandal.
Candidates had until Friday to apply for the nomination and the state Republican Party is expected to announce the list of applicants sometime Friday afternoon. A nominating committee made of party members from Osceola and Polk counties will select a candidate to run for the district.
The RPOF received 18 applications for the HD 42 seat before a 10 a.m. deadline on Friday.
From that list, which was not immediately made available, five will be invited to attend private one-on-one at the Omni Hotel in Champions Gate, said Danny Sexton, chairman of the Osceola County Republican executive committee.
“Hopefully by noontime we’ll be able to make an announcement,” Sexton said.
Among names that the Orlando Sentinel has reported as possible replacements include former state representative and current Osceola County Commissioner Frank Attkisson, R-Kissimmee; former county commissioner and former mayor of Kissimmee, Ken Smith; and Polk County Republican Party Chairman Jimmy Nelson.
Horner’s name will remain on the ballot and new candidates name won’t appear, since the ballots have been printed already, meaning the new candidate will have to encourage supporters to vote for Horner.
“They do help with that, having some information in each of the polling booths the people step in,” Sexton said. “There will be something that says a vote for Mike Horner is a vote for this person.”
Material from Sunshine State News was used in this post.