State and Pinellas agree on dates for election for Young's seat
Gov. Rick Scott's office agreed Wednesday on dates for a special election in Pinellas County's 13th Congressional District to elect a successor to the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young.
The primary will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, and the general election will be held Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
A spokeswoman for Scott, Melissa Sellers, said the dates were agreed upon in talks between the state Division of Elections and Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark. The entire congressional district is in Pinellas County, and 16 of the county's 24 cities and towns already have local elections scheduled for March 11.
The candidate qualifying period will begin at 8 a.m. on Nov. 18 and end at 12 noon on Nov. 19. A seven-day early voting period will be required before each election, from Jan. 4-11 and from March 1-8. The governor's office said Scott plans to issue an executive order Thursday to make it all official.