WFTX - The race to replace disgraced Republican Trey Radel in Congress is heating up - and it appears there could be a debate on the horizon.
Democrat April Freeman - who was rather low profile until the Republican primary was settled last month - has begun to ramp up her rhetoric against the GOP nominee, Curt Clawson.
Last week, Freeman challenged Clawson to take a drug test (Clawson agreed. The drug test issue has come up because Radel resigned from Congress after getting busted for cocaine.)
Now Freeman is challenging Clawson to do something else - debate her about "real issues and real ideas."
Freeman claims Clawson's proposed plans would force cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security - hurting Southwest Floridians.
"We are of course planning to do a debate, but are still sorting through the many options right now," Clawson's campaign told FOX 4.
"Curt already participated in several forums this spring where Ms. Freeman was a no show; and sadly again it would seem Ms. Freeman is being non-responsive to debate organizers," added the Clawson campaign.
Clawson's camp was referencing the fact that April Freeman was not present for any of the candidate forums leading up to the special Republican primary on April 22nd.
Libertarian candidate Ray Netherwood was present during the candidate forums. Like Freeman, he has taken a drug test and made the results (both were negative) public.
Clawson says he will also take a drug test, but hasn't yet.
A candidate with no party affiliation, Timothy Rossano, is also running for the seat which came open after Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in Washington D.C.
The special election will be on June 24, but you can vote sooner by requesting an absentee (AKA mail-in) ballot.
You must register to vote by May 26th to vote in the special election.
The last day to request an absentee ballot is June 18th.
The congressional district covers all of Lee county and coastal (western) Collier county.