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Michelle Ertel, Political Analyst (R)

News 13 Political Analyst Michelle Ertel is a government relations and communications specialist who has been working since 2004 to make a difference in the lives of her neighbors in Central Florida. 

Immediately after moving to Central Florida from metro-Washington, D.C., Michelle set the wheels in motion to start a community newspaper for Oviedo and Winter Springs called the Seminole Chronicle. The newspaper quickly took root and was purchased in 2008 by Gannett Inc. Under the new owner, Michelle continued as the newspaper's editor and took on the role as adviser for the Gannett-owned student newspaper for the University of Central Florida. 

Before moving to Florida, Michelle worked for several news organizations, including Post-Newsweek Media, where she was a crime and government reporter.

Michelle is a communicator who can just as easily interact with the president of the United States (and she has) as she can with the deli worker at a local supermarket. In early 2012, she combined her communication skills, contacts and legislative knowledge to open a government relations firm, Florida Strategic Advisors, where she continues to work with government and businesses to successful conclusions. 

When she's not working, she divides her time among organizations she supports. Michelle has served on the board of directors for the Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club, Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Private Business Association of Seminole (PBAS), and the Rural Heritage Center of Geneva. She is the executive director of Community Leaders and Elected Officials (CLEO) and is a member of the Seminole County Republican Executive Committee and the South Seminole Hospital Women's Advisory Council. She currently serves on the Seminole County Value Adjustment Board, as well as the 18th Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee.

Michelle lives in unincorporated Seminole County with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Gillian. Their son, Zane, is a student at UCF.

You can follow Michelle on Twitter @MichelleErtel.

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