The Republican Party of Florida on Saturday chose Michael LaRosa, R-Celebration, as a replacement candidate for House District 42, which became enmeshed in scandal this week.
On Monday, Rep. Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, abruptly dropped out of the race when his name came up on client list during an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring.
Horner’s name will remain on the ballot, but all votes cast for him will go to LaRosa, a young candidate who graduated for the University of Central Florida in 2004.
"I commend Michael LaRosa for his strong desire to serve his fellow Floridians in the State House and his willingness to run under difficult circumstances. The citizens of House District 42 will be well represented in Tallahassee under his leadership" RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry said in a statement.
LaRosa, the son of a Cuban immigrant and a Miami native, will face Eileen Game, a business woman running on the Democratic ticket. There are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the Central Florida district, but Horner was widely expected to win reelection. The district is home to a large portion of Hispanic voters.
Here’s the statement from RPOF:
RPOF Announces Candidate For HD 42 Race. Michael LaRosa nominated to replace Mike Horner.
Today Republican Party of Florida announced Michael LaRosa has been selected to fill the vacancy in the House District 42 race. This weekend, the RPOF State Executive Committee members from Osceola and Polk County met and interviewed potential candidates. After careful consideration, Michael LaRosa was chosen by a majority vote of the members present to represent the Party in this race.
"I commend Michael LaRosa for his strong desire to serve his fellow Floridians in the State House and his willingness to run under difficult circumstances. The citizens of House District 42 will be well represented in Tallahassee under his leadership" said RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry.
Michael LaRosa is a father, small business owner and the son of a Cuban immigrant. After graduating from the University of Central Florida he and his brother started LaRosa Development and LaRosa Realty. Through hard work and focused decision making his has grown his business across Florida and into New York. His hope is to bring this experience to Tallahassee where he will advocate for small business and make Florida a the best place to live, work, and raise a family. With the support of his wife and three boys he hopes to share his vision and values with the voters of House District 42.
Michael LaRosa's full
Biography is available here: