A Republican candidate for the Florida Legislature apologized Monday for saying she had a college degree that she didn’t complete, but said she will stay in the race “and lead by example from now on.”
Melissa Howard last week posted a photo of herself with what looked like a Miami University diploma after being accused of lying about her degree. The Ohio school later sent reporters a statement saying she attended the school, but never graduated.
Howard posted an apology on her campaign Facebook page and admitted she didn’t graduate from the school. While some have taken to social media to say Howard should drop out, local party officials say the matter should be left to voters.
Even if she dropped out, it’s too late to get her name off the ballot ahead of the Aug. 28 primary. Vote by mail ballots were sent out a month ago.