Comments Made by Watkins About Republican Leadership Draws Ire from Gaetz

Jordan Kirkland - December 12th, 2018

With GOP state Rep. Halsey Beshears on the way out, Republican Mike Watkins tossed his hat in the ring, claiming he would "absolutely" run in the special election for House District 7 to replace Beshears, who was tapped by Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis to serve as the next Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).

The vacancy will prompt a special election that DeSantis will have the power to set after he is sworn in as governor.

Watkins, the CEO of Big Bend Community Based Care, believes he's the right guy to fill the open seat.

“The people of North Florida need a state representative now more than ever because people have been affected by Hurricane Michael,” Watkins said, referring to the Category 4 storm that swept through the Big Bend and Panhandle regions of the state in October.

“Timing is critical,” Watkins added.


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