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Holly Raschein draws Democratic challenger

After the recent withdrawal of another candidate, Islamorada Democrat Stephen Richard Friedman has opened a campaign account to try to unseat Rep. Holly Raschein, a Key Largo Republican, this year, according to the state Division of Elections website.

Friedman opened the account Thursday, less than three weeks after another Democrat, Pat Gessel, withdrew from the House District 120 race.

Raschein, who was first elected in 2012, is seeking a final two-year term in the district, which includes Monroe County and part of Miami-Dade County. She had raised $158,929 for her campaign as of April 30, a finance report shows.

Also running in the district is Key Largo Republican Jose Felix Peixoto, who opened a campaign account April 19, according to the Division of Elections website.

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