Holly Raschein is a moderate Republican — just the sort of voice that the rigidly partisan GOP-led Legislature needs. She already has “reached across the aisle” in her professional life, something that should enhance her ability to be an effective lawmaker. Ms. Raschein, 31, is a former legislative aide, working, first, for conservative Republican Ken Sorenson and, later, for Democrat Ron Saunders. In each position, she learned the legislative ropes.
Ian Whitney is her Democratic opponent in a district that stretches from Key West to parts of southern Miami-Dade County. Mr. Whitney, 32, is executive director of the Key West Innkeepers Association. He has an admirable record of civic involvement, including sitting on two Visit Florida committees. He cites his frustration with special interests in Tallahassee and says improving education is a priority. No argument there.
However, we give the nod to Ms. Raschein for her likely ability to hit the ground running in the Capitol. A fiscal conservative, she is a proponent of wise investments in the state’s assets. She could be a persuasive voice in getting her more recalcitrant colleagues to take seriously her district’s concerns over inadequate growth management and education funding, the soaring cost of windstorm insurance, water quality and job creation. For House District 120, The Herald recommends HOLLY RASCHEIN.