Single-Member Districts

Sarasota County commissioners are dead-set on ignoring the will of the people.

In 2018, Sarasota voters resoundingly passed a Single-Member Districts referendum to make each commissioner more accountable to the people of his or her district. But in hopes of going back to the old system of electing commissioners county-wide, the county’s commissioners on December 7th will attempt to require the voters to vote again on the very same issue.

Never mind that the original referendum came about because of a non-partisan grassroots effort that gathered thousands of signatures. Never mind that more than 60% of the county’s voters voted for single-member districts in 2018. Never mind that even in the county commission’s own survey just a few months ago, a plurality said they approve of single-member districts.

The commissioners say that voters were “confused,” that they just don’t understand the issue. As Commissioner Mike Moran put it a few weeks ago, “We will bring this back to the voters until they truly figure this out.”

The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) calls on voters to let our county commissioners know at their next meeting how they feel about being called confused and having to go through a taxpayer-funded re-vote on the issue.

“We can connect the dots, Commissioners,” said SCDP Chair JoAnne DeVries. “This is all about keeping your power, not about responding to the will of the voters.”

On Tuesday, December 7th, during their 1 pm meeting, the commissioners will choose wording for the repeal amendment they plan to place on the March 8th school referendum ballot.

“We urge all Sarasota voters to attend the meeting and sign a speaker card to express your concern,” said DeVries. The meeting will be held at Commission Chambers at 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.

Contact Information: JoAnne DeVries, Sarasota County Democratic Party Chair, ‭(941) 320-8825, jdv.devries8@gmail.com‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬