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Raemi grew up on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Superior. Life is enriched and sustained by our natural resources. Environmental Stewardship is personal to Raemi. Her mother is a boat captain whose economic well-being is tied to the health of our waterways. Raemi is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Her ties to the land through her ancestral heritage are deeply experienced.
Raemi’s formal environmental education began at Florida Gulf Coast University in southwest Florida. She followed her professors into the field where she identified native plant speices, and waded neck deep through a cypress strand during the rain season.
Her connection to the land and waters of that region led her to lobby Governor Charlie Crist on his very first morning as governor. Governor Crist and Ms. Eagle-Glenn discussed toxic algae blooms that are detrimental to Florida's tourism and fishing industries. This collaboration led to the acquisition of conservation lands and the appointments of key individuals to agency positions to influence law and policy decisions.
On that morning Raemi discovered she had the ability to effectively advocate on behalf of her community. She decided to apply to law school to study environmental law. She was accepted to her top choice school: University of Florida Levin College of Law.
At UF Law Raemi learned to classify wetlands while traveling by canoe in Newnans Lake and Hatchet Creek. During the Deep Water Horizon oil spill crisis in 2010 Raemi was a law clerk at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Raemi loves her hometown Gainesville because she feels sheltered by the cathedrals of oak trees. She has learned that we can be stewards of the environment while also welcoming new development for new jobs so that we can keep food on the table for our families.
Raemi worked with the Office of the Pardon Attorney during the Obama Administration to free inmates who served decades long sentences for drug trafficking. Her efforts were rewarded with a historical grant of clemency by President Obama for an elderly man who served 18 years. Raemi helped free inmates from prison under the 2014 federal drug crime amendment, also called the “Drugs Minus 2” amendment to the United States Sentencing Guidelines.” The 1994 Federal Crime Bill signed into law by President Bill Clinton unfairly targeted minority communities. Federal judges were forced by the Crime Bill to sentence drug offenders to mandatory minimum lengths of time. The 2014 amendment made thousands of inmates eligible for immediate release from prison. Most of those inmates were men of color.
Raemi was proud to represent an asthmatic inmate who was pepper sprayed by prison guards. Her litigation under the Civil Rights Act and the US Constitution 8th Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment was a catalyst that brought change to a Florida Department of Corrections policy. FDOC now recognizes that asthmatic inmates should not be sprayed with “pepper spray”.
Raemi continues to represent clients pro bono to fight for liberty and justice and recognizes the unequal effects of mass incarceration on the African American community.
We must activate the economic potential of Alachua County for all members of our community to reach their dreams. Finding balance between environmental preservation and new development will lead to job creation. Raemi welcomes new infrastructure projects and real estate development so that we can prosper economically. When individuals struggle to make ends meet its hard to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us. When we prosper individually, we live in abundance to share in our County’s collective beauty.
No more tax increases! We are burdened enough by the radical policies of local leadership that have led to the highest utility rates in the state. Local Government increases our tax burden every year, yet they shut down our parks and amenities to keep us from enjoying the community that we pay for.
Raemi and her husband Chad celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary. Their daughter Bella just graduated high school. Sera is 16 at PK Yonge High School in Gainesville. Raemi chose life when she had an unplanned pregnancy at 21 years of age. Her family is a source of strength and stability that fosters her independent spirit. She understands that strong families create independence from government.
Raemi believes in a woman’s right to self-protection and firmly stands against any further advances by government to take away her rights. Local leadership endorsed radical extremists who threaten the safety of our community. She does not trust the local leadership to protect her and her daughters from violence. The right to self-protection is a human right and nobody is going to take that away from her.
Raemi is a practicing attorney. She attended UF Law and has been in solo practice since day one of her licensure. She and her husband are also small business owners. There are times of economic prosperity and of hardship along the path of entrepreneurship. That is why Raemi will remove barriers to small local businesses by removing bureaucrat red tape. Career politicians in this County have lived off our labor for too long. It’s time to send them packing so they can get real jobs and learn what it’s like for the people of Alachua County.