Key West Citizen: Aide and former mayor vie for House seat

BY JOHN DeSANTIS Citizen Staff
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 

Republican voters will choose between a former Key West mayor and a Key Largo legislative aide when they vote in the Aug. 14 primary for Florida House of Representatives.

The District 120 seat is held by outgoing Rep. Ron Saunders D-Key West, who is abandoning it for a State Senate run.

His assistant, Holly Merrill Raschein, is seeking the state House seat under the Republican banner. Also seeking the seat is Morgan McPherson, a two-term Key West mayor.

Raschein describes herself as a fiscal conservative, and says her work as a legislative assistant has familiarized her with issues like high windstorm insurance rates, wastewater projects and resource protection.

Raschein maintains that she can appeal to voters across party lines in a big way because of her history of working in a bipartisan mode. That history, she said, will translate into effectiveness in Tallahassee if she is elected.

“It is the foundation of my whole campaign,” said Raschein. She worked for a fellow Republican, Ken Sorensen, who term-limited out. When Saunders took over the seat he met with her, she said, and invited her to join his team, even though they are of different parties. “How that is going to help me is I already know the other side, I can work both sides of the aisle. People don’t necessarily care about your party, they want what is good for the Keys and for South Dade.”

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