Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Grace and the Machine: Sarasota's Candidates

We greatly appreciate the cooperation of the candidates for the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Public Board, and for the Charter Review Board, who took time out of their busy schedules to answer questions from the Citizens for Sarasota County.

Nine of the 11 candidates running for Hospital Board shared thoughtful and detailed responses to six questions that touched on the costs of healthcare, a push for privatizing SMH, the whys and wherefores of hospital expansion, mental health services (and their lack), Medicaid, and more.

Eight of the 11 candidates for the Sarasota County Charter Review Board were equally willing to take time to answer six questions concerning the structure, purpose, and issues facing the Board. 

Before you fill out your November ballot, take a few minutes to hear what these candidates are saying. Their civic efforts, and the Boards whose important missions they wish to be part of, deserve more than lockstep party-line votes.

The Sarasota County Commission race is a different kettle of fish.

Just one seat on the County Commission was not decided by a minority of Republic voters in August -- thanks to the local Sarasota Machine

There has not been a non-Republican on the Commission since 1970 - thanks to the Machine

Michael Moran didn't show up at a forum held by Cona Sarasota a few months ago. And he likely feels he doesn't have to show up to debate Fredd Atkins for County Commission at CONA Sarasota on Monday evening, because of the Machine.

Tell Michael  Moran to either step up and debate his opponent like a real candidate, or step down and concede he doesn't have what it takes to represent all of the people.
On Monday, Oct. 10, the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations will hold a forum for the two candidates campaigning to represent district one on the Sarasota County Commission. Both Fredd Atkins and Mike Moran have been invited to participate. All county voters will be able to vote in the race this November. William Zoller will moderate the forum. The event begins with social time at 6:30 p.m.; the forum will begin at 7. The Council’s meetings take place at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota.

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