Three fight for congressional seat in Florida

By Monica Whitsel, Associate Producer, The Morning Show, mwhitsel@wjxt.com
Associated Press
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:59:05 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2014 10:16:41 AM EDT
TAMPA, Fla. -

Voters in the Tampa area are selecting a replacement Tuesday to take over the congressional seat open in Florida. 

Three main candidates are fighting to take the position of Republican Trey Radel (pictured below).  Radel resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. 

Republican Curt Clawson, Democrat April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood are running for the open spot, with 49 year-old Timothy Rossano running as a write-in candidate. 

Clawson, a heavy favorite from Bonita Springs, is a former CEO of an aluminum wheel company and former Purdue basketball player.  

Freeman, from Cape Coral, was formally a republican turned independent before becoming a democrat and working on the 2012 re-election campaign of President Obama. 

Netherwood, previously a Republican, is a retired captain from the Air Force. 

The area, Collier County and Lee County, is a heavy republican area; making up almost half of registered voters.  Both counties haven't seen a democrat elected since the late 1960s and 1970. 

According to finance reports, in the last two months Clawson's campaign has spent thousands more compared to Freeman's.

Whoever wins will have to run for re-election in November. 

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