“Our community’s safety must be our singular focus right now,” she said in a statement. “Therefore, I have instructed my team to move to immediately suspend campaign activities and have asked that we pause any advertising from airing as soon as possible.
“I call on my opponents to join me in this effort and ask that both sides immediately cease campaigning to ensure our teams and their families can prepare for the storm,” she added. “We will also shift any campaign efforts to focus on hurricane preparedness as I remember my families’ challenges as they lived through Hurricane Andrew and the need to have all hands on deck as our community braces for Hurricane Irma.
“I urge everyone to heed the warnings issued as we prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” Taddeo said, echoing Gov. Rick Scott‘s statement on the storm.
Taddeo is running against Republican Jose Felix Diaz and independent Christian “He-Man” Schlaerth for the seat, vacated by former GOP Sen. Frank Artiles. Their campaigns have not yet responded to Taddeo.
Gov. Rick Scott ordered a special election for the district on Sept. 26.