Hearing County Candidates

From Kafi Benz

BY SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY JUN 11, 2016

On Monday, June 13, CONA—Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associationswill hold its last candidate forum before the primary in August. The forum will present the candidates campaigning for three seats on the county commission: Districts 1, 3 and 5. “All politics is local”—this is as local as one can get in the countywide political races this year. These commissioners are elected by all county voters to represent the districts in which the candidates reside. Due to term limits, only one sitting commissioner is campaigning as an incumbent.

Fredd Atkins, Frank DiCicco and Mike Moran are campaigning for the District 1 seat to replace Carolyn Mason. Since her only opponent withdrew, Nancy Detert is unopposed in her bid for the District 3 seat to replace Nora Patterson. Richard Eaton and incumbent Charles Hines are campaigning for the District 5 seat. The results of this election could provide a significant shift in the direction of the commission.

Many forums allow candidates to launch into well-rehearsed platform speeches, but CONA makes an effort to provide our members and the public with a more thorough understanding of the positions of each candidate on the topics of interest to our members and to cover as many of those topics as possible. Video of the entire forum is posted quickly at www.conasarasota.org/meetings.html for those who are unable to attend.  

A social gathering precedes the meeting, which will be held at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, south of the Municipal Auditorium at the intersection of Tamiami Trail. Parking and the entrance are reached from Van Wezel Way.

Bring written questions to contribute to those selected for the Q&A that follows the forum, meet the candidates at the 6:30pm social and pick up literature, promotional materials and yard signs. The forum begins at 7pm and the meeting is free and open to the public.

Kafi Benz is president of CONA—Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations and the president and founder of Friends of Seagate.

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