Last month a tornado ripped through parts of Marion County and nearby areas, causing upward of $20 million in damage.

First Candidate Emerges For Harding Florida House Seat

Just a day after former Rep. Joe Harding resigned from the Florida House, the first candidate has emerged to try to replace him.

Just a day after former Rep. Joe Harding resigned from the Florida House, the first candidate has emerged to try to replace him.

Belleview Republican Ryan Chamberlin opened a campaign account Friday to run in Marion County’s House District 24, according to the state Division of Elections website.

Harding, R-Ocala, resigned Thursday after being indicted on charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and making false statements.

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Harding, who was first elected in 2020 and ran unopposed this year, is accused of fraudulently obtaining coronavirus-related business loans. It is unclear when a special election will be held to fill the seat.

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