By Melissa E. Holsman, melissa.holsman@tcpalm.com

When Vero Beach attorney Erin Grall vanquished three Republicans for the state House District 54 seat in the Aug. 30 primary, it all but secured her victory Tuesday.

Grall, 39, faced only write-in candidate James Bailey, whose name didn’t appear on the ballot. She replaces Debbie Mayfield, who was term-limited from running for re-election.

Still, after the primary, Grall collected about $19,050 and spent $29,988 of her total $242,980 — $25,000 of it her own money.

During her campaign, Grall — a Vero Beach native, mother of two young children and part-owner of a family legal firm — vowed to continue her lifelong commitment to children’s issues. She told voters she will take her expertise to Tallahassee and focus on programs such as early learning initiatives.

She’s also said she’ll continue Mayfield’s work trying to crack down on the Florida Municipal Power Agency, especially when it comes to disclosing its financial information.

Grall will represent all of Indian River County and a small part of northern St. Lucie County.

Next step: Will be sworn in Nov. 22
Term: 2 years
Salary: $29,697 annually plus $129 daily during session