MAYO — Port St. Joe businessman Jason Shoaf won Tuesday’s Florida House District 7 special Republican primary election.
Shoaf now will face Tallahassee Democrat Ryan Terrell in the June 18 special election.
In Tuesday’s primary, Shoaf unofficially garnered 48.95 percent of the vote in the four-candidate race across the 10-county North Florida district, receiving 4,708 votes. Mike Watkins (Crawfordville) received 2,622 votes, or 27.26 percent, while Lynda Bell (Tallahassee) received 1,880 votes, or 19.55 percent. Virginia Fuller (Perry) received 408 votes, or 4.24 percent.
Shoaf also was the top vote-getter in Lafayette County, where he was chosen on 248 ballots (48.72 percent). Bell received 142 votes to Watkins’ 95 and Fuller’s 24.
Shoaf won eight of the 10 counties, while Bell won the other two (Leon and Liberty).
Total, there was 509 ballots cast in Lafayette County, a voter turnout of 26.64 percent.
The special election comes after Halsey Beshears resigned from his state representative seat after being appointed earlier this year by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve as the head of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.