Voters are expected to confirm Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick to fill the District 20 congressional seat, long held by the late U.S. Rep Alcee Hastings, in the Jan. 11 special general election – although the opponent she defeated by five votes in the Democratic special primary, Dale Holness, already is reportedly gearing to challenge her in 2024.

Another contest resulting from the race for Hastings’ seat has Jervonte “Tae” Edmonds and Clarence “Chief” Williams squaring off in a Democratic special primary election for the District 88 House seat that state Rep. Omari Hardy vacated when he unsuccessfully ran to replace Hastings.

Edmonds, 30, executive director of the nonprofit Suits for Seniors, the Palm Beach County nonprofit he founded in 2015 that offers mentoring for high school seniors, has worked as a legislative aide in the state Senate and House.

Williams, 69, retired in 2018 after 16 years Riviera Beach police chief, amid a police union no-confidence vote and questions regarding his role in the controversial firing of the city manager.

In another Jan. 11 special election, 22-year-old Elijah Manley has earned major endorsements to win the Fort Lauderdale-based District 94 state House seat vacated when Rep. Bobby DuBose also unsuccessfully ran to fill the Hastings seat. Manley, who also ran for the seat in 2020 and for the Broward School Board in 2018, faces fellow candidates Daryl Campbell, Rod Kemp and Josephus Eggelletion III.

General elections in the latter two contests are set for March 8.