Vero attorney Erin Grall declares for House District 29 seat

VERO BEACH — Vero Beach native Erin Grall, an attorney and personal injury attorney with the firm of Grall Glenn and Grall, has declared her candidacy for the House District 29 seat being vacated by Rep. Ralph Poppell in November 2010 due to term limits. An avid volunteer, Grall said, “I have always viewed public service as an option, that I would be serving in that capacity.”  A graduate of St. Helen’s School, John Carroll High School and Wake Forest University, Grall earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Marquette University and joined the firm in 2003. She works in the family business with her father Bernard Grall and brother Patrick Grall and her specialty is personal injury law.”I think my trial experience has definitely helped my ability to advocate on behalf of someone or some issue,” she said. Florida House District 29 spans throughout western Indian River County, up through Palm Bay and through Central Brevard County and into Titusville. When asked if she thought her lack of experience in a local elective office such as a city council or county post would be a drawback, Grall pointed to her extensive volunteer work with many local agencies.”I have been really involved on a local level with several organizations, so I think I have the pulse of the community,” she said. “I think there is a need for a little better consistency and efficiency in government.”A proponent of children’s issues, Grall serves as president of Childcare Resources and of the Junior League of Indian River County. She is also active in the United Way, Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals’ Network, Indian River Impact 100, St. Helen’s Parish Council and the Indian River County Children’s Services Advisory Committee. Grall is unmarried and has no children.After the special election on August 4 for the Florida Senate seat now held by Sen. Ken Pruitt, Grall plans to begin going door to door throughout District 29 and to meet with consitituents to determine what their concerns are and to formulate a focus and platform for her campaign. The election will be held in November 2010. There are no other candidates in the race from Indian River County at this point. Two other Republican candidates from Brevard county have entered the race. No Democrats from either county have declared at this point.

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