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Shaniqua Rose wins runoff election for suspended Orlando city commissioner's seat

Residents of the 5th District voted in a runoff election on Tuesday for a special election to fill a seat on the City Commission.

To update:

Shaniqua “Shan” Rose won the runoff election for city commissioner of Orlando’s 5th District.

According to the Orange County Election Commissioner, voter turnout was about 8.85%, with over 1,800 votes cast.

Channel 9 will be covering Rose and McCurdy's election parties in detail on WFTV Tonight at 10 and 11 p.m.

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

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

According to the report, McCurdy claims Rose blackmailed him.

Read: Candidate for Orlando's 5th District special election accuses opponents of extortion

McCurdy filed this police report with Orlando police on Monday.

The allegations from both sides were the focus of a town hall meeting held on Monday.

The controversial meeting was intended to discuss the future of the district, but quickly spiraled out of control when Rose made a surprise appearance.

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

McCurdy said it all revolves around a text message that reads, in part: “I request a response to this package within 24 hours before it goes out to the media and voters.”

McCurdy says Rose sent the message to blackmail him.

The text includes police reports from 2004 that contain numerous allegations against McCurdy, none of which led to charges.

Read: Who is Regina Hill, the arrested Orlando city councilor?

Polling stations for Tuesday's special election will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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