Commissioner Coldiron joins commissioners from Seminole, Charlotte, Okeechobee, and Wakulla counties on the FAC Executive Committee as second vice president. Monroe County File Photos

Coldiron and Merrill Raschein Elected to the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Board

MONROE COUNTY, FL –  Monroe County Commissioners Michelle Coldiron and Holly Merrill Raschein were elected Friday to represent the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) at the annual FAC conference held in Orlando. Commissioner Jim Scholl also attended the conference with County Administrator Roman Gastesi and Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson.

Coldiron was elected by her peers to serve as second vice president of the governing board of the association. Coldiron has been a FAC member since being elected to the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners in 2018.

“The amount of knowledge and networking exchanged is immeasurable, and being on the executive board will allow Monroe County issues to see the limelight on the state level,” Coldiron said. “The connections I’ve made through FAC will continue to benefit the well-being of our county and all of the counties in Florida.”

In addition, Merrill Raschein was elected by her peers to the association’s board of directors.

“This is really great to have two Monroe County commissioners represent us on this association,” said Tennyson. “Commissioner Coldiron brings her ability to build consensus and is a natural leader, and Commissioner Merrill Raschein brings her legislative experience to the board. Both are a huge asset to FAC.”

The FAC Board of Directors comprises one county commissioner from each state senate district (40), five executive officers, six county commissioners appointed at large, and the association’s past presidents.

The FAC represents the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, especially the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best – through advocacy, education, and collaboration.

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