My name is Rachael L. Bennett and I would love to introduce myself to you. I graduated from the University of Florida in 1981 and am the third generation of my family to choose to live and work in Florida. I began my career here by working for St. Johns County as the Assistant Zoning Manager and had the opportunity to interact with a wide cross-section of the residents, businesses, and professionals. It was during this time that I became thoroughly familiar with the County growth management regulations and policies.
In 2004, I joined engineering firm England, Thims & Miller, Inc. as a Senior Planner and became involved in project planning and management, and interaction with regulatory agencies. After an offer from one of my clients, I joined The Hutson Companies as a planner and was soon promoted to Vice- President.
Now, I am a small business owner of an independent consulting company in St. Augustine specializing in land management, SJRWMD permitting issues, ad valorem property tax management, management of farming leases, and keeping track of the farm and timber properties to make sure they continue to qualify for Best Management Practices standing with the various Florida agencies.
I am a conservative Republican, a staunch supporter of property rights, and believe in the importance of individual initiative, the entrepreneurial spirit and free enterprise as the basis of a healthy economic system. As a small business owner, I understand the need to cut government regulations, reduce taxes, limit the size of government, and create a business friendly environment to promote job growth.
I hope to see you on the campaign trail and that you will join the Bennett Team!