Lawyer Hillary Cassel joins Democratic major in HD 99

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Cassel is competing to succeed Evan Jenne, co-leader of House Democracy.

Lawyer Hillary Cassel enters the race to replace the democratic representative. Evan Jenne in house district 99.

Cassel and her husband, Michael, Co-founder of her law firm, Cassel & Cassel, PA Cassel is now focused on property damage suits that represent individuals seeking insurance payouts following a fire, storm damage, or other catastrophic event. Cassel also serves on the Florida Bar’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee, which aims to assist lawyers in difficulty.

“For years I fought for consumers against the big insurance companies and stood up for those struggling with mental health problems,” Cassel said in a statement on Monday, in which she announced her candidacy. “In Florida Legislation, I want to bring my experience and commitment to our community’s problems, from recovering from COVID-19 to expanding Medicaid to long-term care for the elderly.”

Cassel’s announcement turns the HD 99 Democratic Primary into a competitive contest. Last week, Administrator of Nova Southeastern University Jeremy Katzman joined the race. As Florida Politics reported, it was unlikely that Katzman would remain the only candidate as the district is heavily democratic.

However, as of 2014 Jenne went through each of his four elections without an opponent. This was thanks in part to his previous service at Florida House. He now serves as House Democratic co-leader.

HD 99 covers parts of Broward County including Southwest Ranches, Cooper City, Dania Beach, and Davie.

Cassel and her husband are alive in Dania Beach with their five year old son. She attended Florida State University before graduating from Florida State University with a law degree Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University. After graduating from law school, she worked as the assistant prosecutor in Broward County before moving to insurance defense. Cassel’s steadfast biography says her time as an insurance company representative has been “crucial” since she switched sides to request withdrawals for policyholders.

Cassel was profiled for her work by Super Lawyers Magazine, Lawyer magazine and other publications. Cassel is also co-chair of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee.

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