Just days before voters head to the polls, Republican candidates for top state positions stopped by Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Café on Thursday to meet with local residents.

Jeanette Nunez, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, expressed excitement over the vision that Ron DeSantis, Republican candidate for governor, has for the state of Florida. Nunez says while unemployment is at a record low, there’s still challenges to confront like the environment.

“We’re very committed to protecting the environment, and that’s something Ron DeSantis has a track record in,” Nunez said. “I know the Florida Keys is focused on the environment, water quality, restoring our Everglades and working with people like State Rep. Holly Raschein and making sure we promote things that really ensure the quality of our environment for generations to come.”

Nunez is urging voters to look at the issues and examine what their vision is for Florida. Nunez, who’s spent the last 17 summers in the Keys, noted that it’s “a special place in Florida.”

“We know there are challenges here particularly with affordable housing after Hurricane Irma and the devastating effects it had in this community,” Nunez said. “I’m someone who’s spent a lot of time in the Florida Keys both in my time in the legislature looking at issues. But we also want to understand that there’s a stark difference between what we offer to the voters of Florida and what our opponent offers.”

Among the supporters of Nunez at the event was Robby Majeska, owner of the pet store Keys Kritters. Majeska said policies from DeSantis and Nunez will benefit small business owners like himself in the Keys.

“They’re going to be the ones to help the people who work to get ahead,” he said.

Raschein, also spent the evening at Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Café meeting and speaking with attendees. Raschein is also urging residents to get out and vote on Nov. 6.

Concerning her race against challenger Steve Friedman, Raschein says she brings experience to the table.

“I’m running for my last term,” she said. “I’m going to be at the senior level in terms of my public service, and I’m looking forward to that. I think it’s going to be extremely beneficial to the Keys to have me there. I can continue to work on water quality, affordable housing, hurricane recovery -because we’re still very much in hurricane recovery mode – and all the other issues.”

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