Keynoter: State House hopefuls focus on insurance

By RYAN McCARTHY
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

 

With her Democratic boss seeking a state Senate seat, Republican legislative aide Holly Merrill-Raschein is set to take on a familiar foe in the Aug. 14 District 120 state House of Representatives primary.

 

Raschein, a 31-year-old Key Largo resident, will take on former Key West Mayor Morgan McPherson, 43, who’s making a second consecutive bid for the House seat. He lost to six-year incumbent Rep. Ron Saunders in 2010.

 

Raschein has spent 10 years as the aide for Saunders and, before him, Rep. Ken Sorenson. With Saunders term-limited out and running for the Senate District 39, she said it’s the right time to seek the seat herself.

 

Both candidates say one of their main issues is fighting windstorm insurance premium hikes at the hands of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state’s insurer of last resort.

 

Raschein said another main issue for her is continuing to work to secure state grants for Keys sewer construction. The state Cabinet in May finalized the first $50 million of a 2009 $200 million authorization.

 

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