One day after embattled Rep. Ray Sansom (R-Destin) resigned from the Florida Legislature, Gov. Crist called a special election to elect a new representative from state House District 4. On February 22, 2010, Gov. Crist announced that the primary election would be held on March 23, 2010, followed by a general election on April 13, 2010. Under this schedule, the newly elected representative will be able to participate in the final three weeks of the 2010 legislative session.
Two candidates, both Republican, have qualified for the special election ballot: attorney Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach, who is the son of Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Destin), and Destin Mayor Craig Barker. Mr. Gaetz has reported campaign contributions of $252,189, and Mr. Barker has reported campaign contributions of $54,853.