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Nation Group: All the Sarasota Candidates


This information was shared by Tom Walker of the Nation Group of Bradenton/Sarasota


Below we'll list the final candidates for all races in the Sarasota area, based on a recent Herald-Tribune article. Save this email for later reference and feel free to forward it to your friends.


In some cases, you can vote only for the candidate running to represent your district. How do you find out which district - state senate, state house, school board, county commission, city commission - that YOU are in? (Note - you can go directly to pages with links in blue.)


To see which districts you are in, go to sarasotavotes.com and click Voter Information and then Precinct Finder. After you enter your address, the resulting page will tell you your precinct number and your polling location. Then click on My Districts or, better yet, My Elected Officials. If you see multiple office holders for a board or commission then all the seats are elected at large. But if you see only one name plus a district number, that's your district and the race for that office will be the only one in which you can vote. You can also go to sarasotavotes.com to see if you're registered. Click on Voter Information on the left, then click Voter Lookup. Or, to see all the elected officials for all districts, click Elected Officials on the Voter Information page. By the way, on that same Voter Information page, there's information about voting if you're had a felony conviction. Click Amendment 4 Fact Sheet.  Also, click How to Vote then Vote by Mail to get register to receive a mail-in ballot, or to update your signature. (If your signature has changed or you're not sure, it's better to update it!)



HERE ARE THE CANDIDATES: Links in BLUE are clickable.  The seats for Sarasota County Commission in Districts 1, 3 and 5 are on the ballot after a controversial decision to redistrict the county before the 2020 census. That decision came on the heels of county voters’ decision to implement single-member districts for the board.

In District 1, incumbent Republican Mike Moran will face Mike Hutchinson in the primary, with the winner set to take on Democrat Mark E. Pienkos in the general election.


In District 3, incumbent Nancy Detert saw her seat lose a portion of North Port and gain a portion of Venice and will face North Port Democrat Cory Hutchinson in the general election.

In District 5, Republicans Ron Cutsinger and Chris Hanks will square off in a primary, then face Democrat Alice White in the general election in their bid to succeed Republican Charles Hines, who was termed out.


Republicans Kurt Hoffman and Paul W. Fern will face off in a primary to succeed Sheriff Tom Knight, since no Democrat filed.


All voters in Sarasota County will get to vote for Sarasota County Sheriff in the Aug. 18 primary because both qualified candidates are Republicans.


The race for two seats on the Sarasota County School Board attracted four candidates. (We'll have a Nation Zoom meeting with two school board candidates on Thursday, June 25 at 10am. Watch for my email about it.)


Current School Board member Eric Robinson is running to hold onto his District 3 Seat against Tom Edwards, a former New York businessman who moved to Sarasota two years ago.

In school board District 2 former teacher, principal and district administrator Karen Rose is making her second run for the board, taking on David Graham, a computer specialist with the district. Both are hoping to win the seat of outgoing chairwoman Caroline Zucker, who is not running for reelection after 22 years on the board.


In Sarasota City Commission District 1, incumbent Willie Charles Shaw will face Kyle Scott Battie both of whom have qualified.


In District 2, incumbent Liz Alpert qualified and will face five opponents: Joe Barbetta, Martin Hyde, Donald Patterson, Terry Turner and Jerry Michael Wells.


In District 3, Erik J. Arroyo, Daniel A. Clermont and Robert Lynden Grant all qualified in a bid to succeed Shelli Freeland Eddie.


Shaw and Battie will face off on Nov. 3, along with the top two vote-getters in Districts 2 and 3 in an Aug. 18 primary.


In state Legislature races, Republicans Jim Boyd and John Manners Housman both qualified in the Florida State Senate District 21 race to replace retiring Senate President Bill Galvano and will face off in the primary, with the winner facing Democrat Amanda Linton in November.

In the Florida State Sen. District 23 race, incumbent Republican Joe Gruters, Democrat Katherine Norman and nonparty affiliate candidate Robert Kaplan all qualified for the general election ballot in November.


In the Florida State Rep. District 70 race, four Democrats, Keisha Bell, Michelle Grimsley, Mark Oliver and Michele K. Rayner, all qualified for a primary runoff to replace Wengay Newton, who opted to run for a Pinellas County Commission seat.


In the District 71 race, incumbent Republican Will Robinson and Democrat Andy Mele will face each other in the general election. Andy has served as the Suncoast Waterkeeper!


In the Florida State Rep. District 72 race, Democrat Drake Buckman qualified in his bid to replace Democrat Margaret Good, who is running for Congress. Three Republicans, Donna Barcomb, Fiona McFarland and Jason Miller, all qualified for a primary.


In the District 73 race, incumbent Republican Tommy Gregory and Democrat challenger David Reeves Fairey will square off in November.


In District 74, incumbent Republican James Buchanan, the son of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, will face Democrat Lisa Stortstrom.


Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner, Clerk of Circuit Court Karen Rushing and Property Appraiser Bill Furst — all Republicans — and Sarasota County Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates, a Democrat, each won another term in office Friday when no challengers came forward by the noon deadline to qualify to run against them. Congratulations to everyone!

Sarasota County judges David Denkin and Dana Marie Moss were unopposed, as was 12th Judicial District incumbent Public Defender Larry Eger, a Republican.


In the 12th Judicial District State Attorney race, incumbent Ed Brodsky, a Republican, qualified and will face Lisa Chittaro in the primary and then Democrat Betsy Young, who qualified unopposed, in the general election.

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