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Crist sets special election to replace Gallagher

Now that ex-Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher has resigned as she awaits sentencing for a federal bribery charge, the race begins to fill her seat.

Gallagher's term was set to expire in 2012. But Gov. Charlie Crist's office confirmed that a special election will be held this fall for voters in southwest Broward to elect her replacement. In the meantime, Kevin Tynan, the former Broward GOP chair Crist appointed to temporarily replace Gallagher, will remain on the job.

Tynan has said he will run for the seat. He has also called for term limits on School Board members, an idea reiterated over and over again to a school system-appointed integrity commission probing the district since Gallagher's arrest.

The special election means six of nine School Board seats will be up for grabs this year. Qualifying for candidates ends in June. The primary takes place in August, with run offs in November, if necessary.