Florida candidate for House of Representatives dies suddenly, aged 54
A Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives out of Florida died suddenly Sunday night, her husband announced.
April Freeman, 54, won the nomination for District 17, which covers parts of south Florida including Arcadia and Okeechobee, in August and was set to face off against Republican Greg Steube for Tom Rooney’s seat.
“It’s with great sadness that I feel I must inform all of you that my beloved wife April passed away suddenly last night,” David Freeman wrote on Facebook, according to ABC 7. “To all of her family and friends here on Facebook, my heart aches with you.”
One her campaign website, Freeman, who has previously run for the House twice and for Cape Coral mayor last year, promised to fight for equality, equal pay for women, social security and environmental protection.
“This campaign has never been about how much money we’ve raised. This campaign is about changing our Representation in Washington by sending someone who makes PEOPLE THE PRIORITY,” she wrote.
“This campaign is about giving grassroots a voice and challenging the ESTABLISHMENT, POLITICS-AS-USUAL, GO-WITH-THE-FLOW MENTALITY.”
'We are heartbroken and send our condolences...'
Freeman was a 2013 graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and “has worked in film and television production, specializing in development, finance and brand licensing,” according to her website.
"April was a beautiful person,” the Sarasota Democratic Party said in a statement. “She worked tirelessly for veterans, seniors and the entire community. We are heartbroken and send our condolences to her family and friends."
It’s still unclear exactly how the November election will proceed, as out-of-state ballots have already been mailed out with Freeman’s name on them.
According to Florida statute, it appears that a committee, made of the county chairs from all counties in the district, must name a replacement candidate within five days.
“In the event that death, resignation, withdrawal or removal should cause a party to have a vacancy in nomination which leaves no candidate for an office from such party, the filing officer before whom the candidate qualified shall notify the chair of the state and county political party executive committee of such party,” the statute reads in part.