Patrick Gannon, currently a city Planning Board member and president of the Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association, filed this morning as a Sarasota City Commission candidate. Gannon is the sixth candidate to file for the race, which will decide who fills the two at-large seats on the board. The election is scheduled for March 14, with a likely runoff on May 9.

Incumbent Susan Chapman has filed for re-election, while Commissioner Suzanne Atwell has announced she will not run again. Other candidates include: Jennifer Ahearn-Koch, Tahiti Park Neighborhood Association and former Planning Board member; Fredd "Glossie" Atkins, Sarasota's first black mayor and the longest serving Sarasota city commissioner ever; Hagen Brody, attorney and former prosecutor; and Martin Hyde, Gulf Business Systems owner.

All candidates will appear on the same ballot running against one another. Voters may vote for up to two candidates, with the top two vote-getters winning seats. Presuming no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in March, the top three candidates in the first election will continue to the runoff in May.