LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Trying to find out who is a candidate for congress to replace Trey Radel, is proving to be quite the process. The list of active candidates has to filter from the Federal Election Commission to the state, to the counties.
The result is that at the local level, where most people visit the websites, the list of candidates is partial at best.
Some of the higher-profile candidates, like Paige Kreegel and Lizbeth Benacquisto, are not yet listed.
The county elections offices explain: they get the list from Tallahassee, the state division of elections. The final list will not come out until after February 26th. That is when candidates must qualify for the special primary, April 22.
"It is one of those situations that is different from the normal, local, one-county race. The state handles it on behalf of the federal government, and we locally just get the link to the state website. I suggest that people just wait another two weeks, and then we will know for sure, who is going to run as a republican in the primary, and who is not," says Jennifer Edwards, elections chief in Collier county.