The Healthcare Debate
As anyone who lives in Florida knows, nearly everything is on the line with public healthcare. Several of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Board candidates recently faced off in a dynamic forum held by the League of Women Voters. They confront a strong set of issues this November.
We invited all 11 candidates to respond to 6 questions relating to public health, Medicaid funding, mental health, hospital expansion, and more.
Thanks to all who are giving their time and energies to public life. Special thanks to the candidates who participated in this project.
The candidates are listed below in the order presented by the Superintendent of Elections. Each respondent's name links to her or his responses.
This project was undertaken by the Citizens for Sarasota County (CSC) in the interest of sharing knowledge of the issues, the candidates, and the mission of the Hospital Board in a non-partisan way. The hope is better acquaintance with the substance and facts will lead Sarasota's voters to make these important decisions with discernment and judgment.
Hospital Board At Large, Seat 1 Kevin T. Connelly
Hospital Board At Large, Seat 1 Sharon Wetzler DePeters
Hospital Board At Large, Seat 2 Miglena Entcheva
Hospital Board At Large, Seat 2 Tramm Hudson
Hospital Board At Large, Seat 2 Reid Schwabach
Hospital Board At Large, Seat 3 Cheryl Brandi
Hospital Board At Large, Seat 3 Susan Tucker
Hospital Board Central District, Seat 1 Jody Davenport
Hospital Board Central District, Seat 1 William P. Noonan
Hospital Board Northern District, Seat 1 Delores "Dee" McFarland
Hospital Board Northern District, Seat 1 Jim Meister
For more on these candidates, see the Herald Trib Oct. 24 article by Barbara Peters Smith.