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Shaniqua Rose wins runoff election to fill seat of suspended Orlando city commissioner

ORLANDO, Fla. — Residents of District 5 voted Tuesday in the runoff for a special election to fill a city commission seat.

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Shaniqua “Shan” Rose won the District 5 Orlando city commissioner runoff election.

According to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections, voter turnout was about 8.85%, with over 1,800 ballots cast.

Channel 9 will have full coverage from Rose and McCurdy’s election parties at 10 and 11 p.m. on WFTV Tonight.

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Shaniqua Rose and Travaris McCurdy are running to replace suspended commissioner Regina Hill.

However, the race took a turn Monday when McCurdy filed a police report against Rose.

According to the report, McCurdy claims Rose extorted him.

Read: Candidate running for Orlando District 5 special election accuses opponent of extortion

McCurdy filed that police report with the Orlando Police Department on Monday.

The allegations from both sides became the focus of a community meeting that was held on Monday.

The contentious meeting was meant to discuss the district’s future but quickly unraveled when Rose made a surprise appearance.

Read: DeSantis suspends Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill from office, 4 days after her arrest

McCurdy said it all centers on a text message that, in part, reads, “I am requesting a response to this packet within 24 hours before it goes to the media and voters.”

McCurdy says Rose sent the message to extort him.

Attached to the text are police reports dating as far back as 2004 that contain a number of allegations against McCurdy, though none of them resulted in charges.

Read: Who is Regina Hill, the Orlando city commissioner who was arrested?

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Tuesday’s special election vote.

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