Gov. Scott: No special election to replace Latvala

Last Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018

There will be no special elections for Pinellas or Pasco counties in the wake of Sen. Jack Latvala stepping down. 

That means that about 500,000 voters who live in those areas will not be represented in the Florida Senate until fall. 

Latvala resigned in December amid an FDLE investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

A longtime Republican lawmaker from Pinellas County, Latvala was accused of making inappropriate comments and unwanted physical contact against a female Senate staff member over a period of four years.

One of the major questions after his resignation was who would replace him in the 16th District.

On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott announced there would be no special election for Latvala's seat.

The governor said that the $1 million price tag for a special election was too high and it makes sense to leave the seat vacant until November, when there would be an election anyway due to Latvala's term limits. 

Latvala's resignation took effect Jan. 5.