ORLANDO, Fla. — Monday, June 10, is the first day of early voting in the special runoff election for the Orlando city council District 5 seat.

What You Need To Know

Candidates Shaniqua “Shan” Rose and Travaris McCurdy are the two candidates standing after forcing a runoff election. One of these two candidates will soon fill the seat for District 5.

Neither candidate was able to secure enough votes in the special election in May, which forced a runoff.

Rose took the lead, but earned 24.8% of the votes, failing to clear the 50% needed to win outright. McCurdy earned 23.3% of the votes. 

Both candidates agree that homelessness and a lack of affordable housing are issues in District 5 that they hope to address if elected.

But one challenge is getting people to vote.

In District 5, more than 20,000 residents were eligible to vote in the special election, but only 2,134 ballots were counted.

The election comes after former Commissioner Regina Hill was suspended in April 2024. The winner will serve until her criminal case is resolved or until the end of the term next year.

Early voting takes place from June 10 — 16 at the Supervisor of Elections Office.

The runoff election will be held on June 18.