Case No. 3:21-cv-671-MCR-EMT.

558 F.Supp.3d 1187 (2021)

Kells HETHERINGTON, Plaintiff, v. Ginger Bowden MADDEN, in her official capacity as State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit in and for Escambia County, et al. Defendants.

United States District Court, N.D. Florida, Pensacola Division.

Signed July 14, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mallory Rechtenbach , Owen Dennis Yeates , Institute For Free Speech, Washington, DC, for Plaintiff.

Jennifer Sniadecki , Mark Leonard Bonfanti , Bonfanti & Sniadecki PA, Destin, FL, for Defendant Ginger Bowden Madden.

Alannah Lee Shubrick , Glen Allen Bassett , Attorney General, Tallahassee, FL, for Defendants Joni Alexis Poitier, Barbra Stern, Kymberlee Curry Smith, Jason Todd Allen, J. Martin Hayes.


This is a constitutional challenge to a provision of the Florida Election Code (the "Code") prohibiting candidates for nonpartisan office from campaigning based on party affiliation. See § 106.143(3), Fla. Stat. (2020). Plaintiff Kells Hetherington...

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