Stockbroker Matt Sperling, whose family has long been involved in Sarasota civic affairs, has filed for Sarasota City Commission. He is the eighth candidate to file for two at-large seat up for election in March.

Sperling’s father Ted has a park named after him in Longboat Key, so his name boasts recognition in the region. He has spoke at a City Commission meeting in October about the failure of city and county leaders to get along, particularly criticizing the handling of a last payment from the county involving revenue from the sunsetting Downtown Sarasota Community Redevelopment Agency.

Other candidates to have filed so far include: Tahiti Park neighborhood leader Jennifer Ahern-Koch; former Sarasota Mayor Fredd “Glossie” Atkins; former prosecutor Hagen Brody; incumbent City Commissioner Susan Chapman; Planning Board member Pat Gannon; Gulf Business Systems owner Martin Hyde; and pedestrian safety advocate Mikael Sandstrom. All candidates will appear on the ballot on March 14, where voters can vote for two choices. Unless someone wins a majority of votes in March, the top three vote-getters proceed to a May 9 runoff, where the top two vote-getters in that election win seats on the board.