Special Election To Be Held Tuesday To Replace Cocaine Congressman

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) — Five months after former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel resigned following his arrest on a cocaine-possession charge, voters in Lee and Collier counties will choose his replacement in a special election Tuesday.

Republican Curt Clawson, Democrat April Freeman, Libertarian Ray Netherwood and write-in candidate Timothy Rossano are competing in Congressional District 19.

District 19 covers Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Bonita Springs and Naples.

The winner of the special election won’t have much time to enjoy the victory. He or she will serve out the remainder of Radel’s two-year term, which runs through the end of the year, but will get to be listed as the incumbent in the fall regular election.

Radel entered a guilty plea to a cocaine-possession charge on Nov. 20 after an Oct. 29 arrest stemming from the purchase of $250 in cocaine during an undercover law-enforcement operation in Washington, D.C.

Radel, a former radio talk show host, was known as the hip hop congressmen for his often use of musical references before his arrest.

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