Rebekah Jones disqualified from running as Democrat in Aug. 23 primary

A Leon County Circuit Court Judge ruled Friday that Rebekah Jones could not stand for election as a Democrat in the primary election Aug. 23.

Leon County Circuit Court Judge John Cooper disqualified Jones as a candidate at the conclusion of a virtual hearing Friday in a lawsuit brought by her Democratic opponent for Florida’s 1st Congressional District, Peggy Schiller.

“It’s not a happy decision to make,” Cooper said when explaining his ruling. “I think that anyone who puts themselves out for office should be commended.”

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A Florida election law passed last year requires anyone running for a partisan office to be registered as a member of the party for a full year before qualifying begins in June.

Jones put out a statement on her campaign’s Facebook page Friday saying she would appeal the ruling.

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