First Candidates Announced for Upcoming Special Election

As we first told you last week, the widow of State Rep. David Coley, Marti, has announced her plans to run for her late husband's seat.

Marti Coley held a series of news conferences in Panama City Beach, Marianna and Tallahassee Monday. She says her teenage daughter first brought the idea to her attention.

Coley says she hopes to fulfill her husband's dream and fight for the things he stood for in Tallahassee.

The primary election will be held late in May and a general election in June to determine who will fill the District 7 House seat. The district covers all of two counties and parts of seven others between Tallahassee and south Walton County.

No one else has announced intentions yet to run for the office, but several potential candidates are known to be looking at their options.