Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness is stepping into the race to replace the late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, adding to what’s expected to be a crowded Special Election field.
Holness, who served as Broward County Mayor last year, will announce his decision Monday night.
“With his passing, I’m deciding to go out and declare my candidacy this evening,” Holness told the Miami Hearld. “His son, Alcee Hastings II, will be joining me.”
Thus far, only a handful of candidates have formally declared their desire to replace Hastings in Florida’s 20th Congressional District. Fellow County Commissioner Barbara Sharief and former CD 20 candidate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick both filed to run as Democrats before Hastings’ death.
Since Hastings’ death last week, Matt Boswell, Greg Musselwhite and Marlon Onias have all jumped in as well. Other rumored candidates include state Sens. Shevrin Jones, Bobby Powell and Perry Thurston, state Reps. Bobby DuBose and Omari Hardy, Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard and others.
CD 20 spans Broward and Palm Beach counties, crossing several majority-Black areas near major cities such as Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The district is also home to many Caribbean communities. The Jamaican-born Holness could have an advantage in that key demographic in a Democratic primary.
Holness has represented District 9 on the Broward County Commission since first winning election in 2010. He served as a Lauderhill City Commissioner and Vice Mayor.
In 2019, Holness served as Broward’s Vice Mayor before