Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday afternoon that he appointed Holly Raschein, former Keys representative for the state House, to finish the remaining time left on Monroe County Commissioner Mike Forster’s term. Forster died Sept. 6 from pneumonia caused by a weeks-long battle with COVID-19. He was 61. He was elected to the District 5 seat in November 2020 and his term would have expired in 2022. Raschein, 40, represented District 120 of the Florida House, which includes all of the Florida Keys, from 2012 until she was term limited from running again in November 2020. She and Forster, a popular Keys restaurant owner, were close friends.

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