Late May Date for Special Election

Gov. Jeb Bush has ordered a special election to fill the northwest Florida seat in the House of Representatives left vacant by the death of Rep. David Coley.

Coley, 43, died March 23 of liver cancer. He was a first-term lawmaker in District 7, which encompasses nine counties from Tallahassee to Panama City.

A special primary election will be held May 24 and the special general election, called for by law, is set for June 14 under the governor's executive order.

Coley, a Republican representing Mariana, was a former aide to House Speaker Allan Bense.

Towson Fraser, Bense's spokesman, says Coley's wife, Marti, has expressed interest in the seat and will announce Monday whether she will seek her late husband's office.