A week after Rep. C.W. Bill Young was laid to rest, Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order setting the date for a special election to fill his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Young represented House District 13, which covers most of Pinellas County, for 42 years.
The primary election will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, and the general election follows on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The election date coincides with municipal elections already scheduled in 16 of the county’s 24 municipalities.
Candidate qualifying period runs from 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, through noon, Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Early voting is scheduled from Jan. 4-11 for the primary and March 1-8 for the general election. No word was available Thursday afternoon from the Supervisor of Elections about mail ballots.
The Florida Constitution makes the governor responsible for setting special elections when there is a vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Young, 82, of Indian Shores, the nation’s longest serving Republican member of the U.S. Congress died Oct. 18, 2013. Young served more than 50 years in public office - 10 in the Florida State Senate and 42 in the United States Congress.