Author: Sarasota County Dems

City Commission – Sarasota and North Port – 2020

Sarasota, District 1 – Willie Shaw Website: https://www.willieshawforcitycommission.com/ Sarasota, District 1 – Kyle Scott Battie Website: https://www.kylescottbattie.com/ Sarasota, District 2 – Liz Alpert Website: https://www.facebook.com/votelizalpert/ Sarasota, District 2 – Terry Turner Website: https://terryturner4sarasota.com/ Sarasota, District 3 – Dan Clermont Website: https://www.dan4sarasota.com/ North Port, District 1 – David Ionnatti Website: https://sites.google.com/view/davidfornorthport2020 North Port, District 2 –…

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Hospital Board 2020

  ***Steven Kleinglass and Vicki Nighswander will face each other for the seat in the August Primary Election***   Steven Kleinglass – Central District, Seat 1- Website: https://www.sarasotavotes.com/OfficeCandidate.aspx?eid=140&oid=67&cid=734 Contact: spk25@me.com Vicki Nighswander – Central District, Seat 1- Website: https://www.sarasotavotes.com/OfficeCandidate.aspx?eid=140&oid=67&cid=543 Contact: nighswan2@comcast.net Laurie Kreindler – At Large, Seat 2- Website: https://www.sarasotavotes.com/OfficeCandidate.aspx?eid=140&oid=65&cid=832 Contact: ljkreindler@gmail.com Finola Idahosa – At Large, Seat 3 – Website:…

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Thomas Edwards- School Board District 3

Website: https://www.electtomedwards.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectTom/ Donate: https://www.electtomedwards.org/#contribute These are unprecedented times for our public schools. It is NOT the time for “business as usual”. Most likely, online learning will become a permanent part of our educational systems and will present new challenges to students, teachers and administrators alike. These services must be effectively, efficiently, and fairly…

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David Graham – School Board District 2

Website: www.electdavidagraham.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidagrahamforschoolboard/ Donate: www.politics.raisethemoney.com/dgraham The School Board functions to implement the desires of the Sarasota County Community. In the past, it has felt that the community just had to take what the School Board members wanted whether or not the community was behind the decision. Moving forward we must elect Board Members who…

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Cory Hutchinson – County Commission District 3

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/hutchinsondistrict3 Email: coryhutchinson@outlook.com   Many of you may wonder why I’m running for office. I’m running because I’ve been a resident of this county for my entire life. I was born in Sarasota, and my family and I moved to North Port when I was four. My fiance and I now own a home…

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Barbara Ford-Coates – Tax Collector

Website: www.barbabaford-coates.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barbara.fordcoatestc Donate: http://www.barbaraford-coates.com/Contributions_PP1.html Dear Sarasota County Residents, It has been an honor to serve as your Sarasota County Tax Collector. I have built a team of exceptional staff members who take pride in providing exceptional customer service at the lowest cost per person in Southwest Florida. I am a candidate for re-election…

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2020 Candidate Petitions – Sign them all!

Registered voters – Easy as 1-2-3: 1) Find your Florida House District #: a) Verify your current voter information and address HERE b) Enter your verified address HERE (then click on ‘Find Polling Place’, ‘Continue’) c) Click on ‘My Districts’ and note your State Representative district #. 2) Click, Print, Fill out, and Sign the petitions…

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Press Release – Joint Resolution by SCDP, Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus, and Sarasota Hispanic Caucus Against Redistricting

SARASOTA – November 14 – The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) voted to join the Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus and the Sarasota Democratic Hispanic Caucus in opposing the decision of three County Commissioners to move forward with an overtly  discriminatory map that manipulates – in fact, gerrymanders — district lines at the expense of Sarasota’s minority communities….

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Press Release – Republican and Democratic Parties of Sarasota County Jointly Call for Superintendent Todd Bowden’s Removal

SARASOTA, FL (November 11, 2019) — In a historic action, the Republican Party of Sarasota County (RPOSC) and the Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) are jointly calling for the Sarasota County School Board to accept the package that will remove Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Todd Bowden. The Parties’ leadership believes that Bowden has been divisive…

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FL Representative Margaret Good – CD16

Website: www.margaretgood.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/GoodforFlorida/ Email: info@margaretgood.com Donate: www.secure.actblue.com/donate/margaretgood_website Margaret Good knows we deserve a representative who understands that solving our community’s challenges takes more than three-word slogans and partisan name-calling. That means changing the kind of people we send to Washington. We need a representative who will listen to people, work hard, and do the right…

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Allen Ellison – CD17

Website: www.ellisonforcongress.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/allenellisonforcongress Donate: www.secure.actblue.com/donate/allenellison2020 Message After years of constant obstruction in Congress, resulting in division, failed progress and a government shutdown that has cost us almost a billion dollars, it is clear that we must ignite new thinking, restore hope and revive the idea that together, we can move this country forward. Biography…

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Michelle Grimsley – HD70

Website: https://www.grimsleyhd70.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grimsleyhd70 Twitter: https://twitter.com/grimsleyhd70 Contact: michelle@grimsleyhd70.com Donate: https://www.grimsleyhd70.com/donate The normal for most of District 70’s constituents has become working multiple jobs in an attempt to make ends meet, having little to no savings, living paycheck to paycheck, not having a primary care physician and being forced to decide between necessities. This does not have to be our normal!  We can…

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Mark Oliver – HD70

Website: markforflorida.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarkOliverFL/ Contact: mo@markforflorida.com Donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/markoliver “The beginning of your story does not determine the person you will become.” -Mark Oliver Mark grew up in a working class family in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mark’s mother, Myra, had him at 14 years old. Myra and his adopted father, Mark Sr., worked hard to make ends meet….

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Keisha Bell – HD70

Website: www.votekeishabell.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/VoteKeishaBell Twitter: www.twitter.com/bellforflorida Contact: BellforFlorida@gmail.com Donate: www.secure.actblue.com/donate/keisha-bell-for-florida-1 CLICK HERE TO SIGN KEISHA’S PETITION Keisha Bell was born in Saint Petersburg and has continued to spend much of her life in the city she calls home. She is the daughter of public school educators, and early on they instilled in her the importance of an education….

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Michele Rayner- HD70

Website: https://micheleforflorida.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/micheleforflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/micheleforfl Contact: info@micheleforflorida.com Donate: https://secure.anedot.com/michele-rayner-for-florida/donate Michele is a Florida native and was born and raised in Pinellas County. Her parents are known throughout Pinellas County for their service to the community. Michele comes from a long line of service. Her mother was one of the first Black social-workers in St. Petersburg, Florida. Michele’s…

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Andy Mele – HD71

Website: https://andymeleforflhouse.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andymeleforflhousecom-111586250578284/ Contact: andymele@mac.com Donate: https://andymeleforflhouse.com/contribute About Andy Mele I was born and mostly raised in Woodstock, NY.  I lived in Bohemian poverty in a sapling shack built as a summer artist’s studio on the Maverick Road, with a wood stove and no running water.  The name Mele is Italian, probably originally Miele, and…

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Drake Buckman – HD72

Website: www.buckmanforfl.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/buckmanforfl/ Volunteer: www.buckmanforfl.com/volunteer Donate: www.buckmanforfl.com/donate SIGN DRAKE’S PETITION Why Am I Running? The basic duty of government is to respect and protect the rights and future of the individual citizen. I’ve made a career out of standing up to governments and large corporations based on that principle. While serving on local neighborhood associations, I’ve witnessed…

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David Fairey – HD73

Website: www.fairey2020.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/DavidforFL/ Donate: www.secure.actblue.com/donate/david-fairey-campaign-1 I am first and foremost a father and husband. I am a hopeful, yet pragmatic advocate for real, paradigm-shifting change. I am an unwavering fighter for what I believe in and value, and I will fight for the benefit of all people, not just the privileged few. I was born…

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Lisa Stortstrom – HD74

Website: https://www.electlisastortstrom.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Elect-Lisa-Stortstrom-for-Representative-in-74-110921587330141/ Contact: lisastortstrom@gmail.com Donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/this-is-better-leadership–1 What starts upstream, flows downstream. What one animal does affects others. Humans are the top of the food chain. Floridians are looking around and seeing the results of Republicans’ poor decisions of the past decades. Clearly, its time for change. Lisa Stortstrom has taught in schools of all types and with students…

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