With Plant City Republican state Rep. Dan Raulerson stepping down this month, Gov. Rick Scott has decided voters in Hillsborough County should select their next state representative in time for he or she to take office before the 2018 session begins in January.
Scott signed an executive order Tuesday that sets the special election dates for Raulerson's District 58 seat. The special primary election will be held Oct. 10, with the special general election happening Dec. 19.
The 2018 legislative session begins Jan. 9.
Raulerson announced last week that he'll resign effective Aug. 15, telling the Tampa Bay Times he needed "to focus on my health and my business." Raulerson, who has spinal stenosis, plans to have back surgery soon.
Some Republicans are already considering bids for his seat in the red-leaning district.