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Holly Merrill-Raschein

Senior aide to vie for Saunders’ seat

Holly Merrill Raschein (R), Senior Legislative Aide to State Representative Ron Saunders (D), is ready to continue her investment of time in Tallahassee.

While still a junior at Florida State University, Raschein landed a full time job with a lobbying firm where she honed her research, analysis, monitoring, report writing and committee testimony skills.

Upon graduation, she was promptly offered a position as District Aide for Dr. Ken Sorensen of the Florida House of Representatives and quickly advanced to Senior District Aide in charge of Constituent Services.

Besides learning the policies and players in the state legislative process, Raschein said her 10-year post has put her in direct contact with constituents across District 120, comprised of Monroe and South Dade counties.

“I have had the pleasure of helping numerous people find jobs, most recently I helped a veteran find employment,” she recounted. “I also have helped families find health insurance and cleared up many issues with the Department of Transportation and business owners around the community.”

She’s already proven her capabilities for conflict resolution on the ground, and transcending party lines in Tallahassee will be a task for the post.

“I think Citizens Property Insurance is going to be the biggest issue to tackle as well as making sure wastewater project funding continues coming down the pipe,” she continued. “Those aren’t attractive issues, but they are important to us in District 120.

Raschein added that she’d also like to focus on building an incentive package for new businesses looking to set up shop in the Keys as well as provide incentives for existing businesses to grow.

When she’s not in Tallahassee, Raschein’s long been involved in numerous community organizations like Leadership Monroe County; Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition; Upper Keys Business and Professional Women; and the Homestead Hospital Pineapple Gala Committee.

“My favorite part of the job is being able to volunteer in numerous organizations and share my knowledge of state government,” she continued. “Whenever the word Tallahassee is uttered, all eyes turn to me.”

Of her opponent, Raschein said her experience at the state level far exceeds Morgan McPherson.

“I do not have to be trained and can hit the ground running. I am resigning my job with the Florida House to run for office, and as a new mother, I think that is a testament to my commitment to the office and to the community.”

She is married to Ryan Raschein, owner of Milestone Shutters South, LLC. They have one son, Drake Thomas, born January 7, 2012.


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Blair Shiver

Weekly Newspapers staff writer Blair Shiver has had a hard time finding any fellow Bulldogs down here in Gator Country. This Georgia native moved to Marathon nearly four years ago from New York City. She specializes in reporting and covering human-interest stories throughout the Keys. Blair currently serves on the board of Independence Cay, is a Take Stock in Children mentor, Marathon Jaycee and volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem.

One thought on “Raschein announces bid for state rep race

  1. Holly is one of the smartest and most capable persons I have ever met.  (And that covers a LOT of ground!)  This is great news for The Keys!  

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