Republican Party vice chair breaks through barriers in West Boca

Palm Beach County Republican Party Vice Chairwoman Margi Helschien was elected on Tuesday to the board of directors of the West Boca Community Council.

In what has become a highly coveted position, Helshien will help set policy for a powerful organization representing more than 300 homeowner and condominium associations.

West Boca is part of unincorporated Palm Beach County, which means it has no local governmental body to represent its interests. Helschien has been a resident of the area, a Democratic stronghold, for over 20 years.

The council, established by community activist Fran Reich 30 years ago, has become a force to be reckoned with in county politics. The concept of banding together to show power in numbers has since been duplicated by similar communities in unincorporated Boynton Beach and Delray Beach. The three groups have joined forces to fight for common causes throughout the years.

The nonpartisan West Boca Community Council seeks to work toward “quality of life” issues, according to its stated goals.

“It is truly my privilege and delight to work with the West Boca Community Council,” Helshien said. “I am humbled to serve alongside such incredible people, such as President Sheri Scarborough, all sharing one common passion — to work for our community.”

Helschien is also in charge of the area’s GOP Victory Center, where she volunteers much of her time.

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