Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Uncontested public representation is not Democracy

There are public offices up for election that have no opposition

For example, the Charter Review Board: Three of the five district races are single candidates. Without opposing candidates, they'll walk into office. 

A similar imbalance holds true for the Hospital Board:

On the Charter Review, one uncontested candidate seeking reelection to the Board is James Gabbert (of the Celery fields 16-acre open-air demolition waste processing fame). 

Candidates are needed to challenge them. 

-  It costs nothing to file for Charter Review Board: No qualifying fee or petition needed since it is an unpaid position
-  they meet only three times a year
-  make sure this board represents citizens, not special interests.

Become an elected official who represents the citizens:  Sign up by Friday at noon at one of offices for the Sarasota County supervisor of elections -- see the locations near you below. 

In 2016, the Charter Review Board did have opposing candidates. They were concerned about the Board's blocking citizen initiatives such as single district voting. The same issues are in play today.

Filing & Qualifying for Office

If you are interested in becoming a candidate for office in Sarasota County or have questions about the information listed below, please contact the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections office at (941) 861-8606. 

Offices up for Election

Click here for a list of offices and when they are up for election. 

Qualifying Office Contacts

Federal, State, Multi-County Candidates: Florida Division of Elections 
County Candidates: Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections (941) 861-8606. 
Municipal Candidates: Municipal Clerk 

2018 Qualifying Dates

Governor and Cabinet, State Senator, State Representative, County Office and 
Special Districts: Noon, June 18 - Noon, June 22, 2018

County & Special Districts Qualifying Office Locations

Supervisor of Elections Offices
Terrace Building, 7th Floor
101 S. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236 

Robert L. Anderson Administration Building
4000 Tamiami Trail S., Rm 114
Venice, FL 34293 

Biscayne Plaza
13640 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287

Photo of the Current Supervisor of Elections 
Logo for Supervisor of Elections

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections

Ron  Turner, Supervisor
101 S. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236

P O Box 4194
Sarasota, FL 34230 -4194 

Phone: 941-861-8600
Fax: 941-861-8609
Web Address:

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