April Freeman, the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 17th congressional district, passed away suddenly on Sunday night, according to a post from her husband on her Facebook page.
“It’s with great sadness that I feel I must inform all of you that my beloved wife April passed away suddenly last night. To all of her family and friends here on Facebook, my heart aches with you,” her husband wrote.
Freeman, 54, was set to face off against Republican State Sen. Greg Steube in November’s election for a seat vacated by Republican Rep. Tom Rooney, who retired effective January 2019.
The Central Florida district stretches from Lake Okeechobee to eastern Tampa Bay and, since its creation after the 2010 census.
Freeman had previously challenged Rooney and lost in 2016.
According to her website, Freeman was a 2013 graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and “has worked in film and television production, specializing in development, finance and brand licensing.” She has two daughters and two grandchildren.
An ABC affiliate, citing a Florida statute, reported that Steube will likely now face a candidate named by a committee of the affected county’s chairs within the next five days.
April was well known and liked in Collier County. The Democratic Party wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to April’s husband and family.