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Gov. Scott adds Miami House district to special summer election


There will now be two races on the ballot for a special Miami legislative election this summer. 

Gov. Rick Scott decided Monday to schedule the contest to replace state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz at the same time as the already-scheduled election to replace state Sen. Frank Artiles. That's a special primary July 25 and a special general election Sept. 26.

Diaz resigned Thursday to run for Artiles' seat, as required by state law. His resignation is effective Sept. 26, Election Day.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner, Florida's elections chief, will now have to schedule a qualifying deadline for House District 116 candidates. The deadline for Senate District 40 candidates is May 30-31. 

Diaz's House District 116 overlaps in part with Artiles' former Senate District 40 in Southwest Miami-Dade County. Artiles resigned last month. Both Diaz and Artiles are Republicans.