SARASOTA – A Highlands County democrat will replace April Freeman in the district 17 race in the wake of freeman’s death.

The Democratic Party has chosen Allen Ellison to run for Florida’s congressional District 17 against Greg Steube.

Freeman won the Democratic primary before suffering an apparent heart attack last week.

The Florida Democratic Party lived up to its name by polling party leaders in the nine counties that make up District 17 to come up with a replacement for Freeman.

Ellison was selected by a vote late Monday evening.

Freeman’s name will appear on ballots, but the votes will go to Ellison.

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