I’m a native Floridian and have lived in the Sarasota/Bradenton area since 1993. Since moving here, I’ve taught middle school science (7 years), started and operated a community coffeehouse (5 years), managed a community radio station (9 years) and I currently run the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.
Do you support county wide election of all county commission seats? Please explain your answer.
I support Single member district elections for county commission seats. This would make it less expensive to run for office and result in elected officials that were more accountable to their constituents.
Do you support changing the board from elected to appointed? Please explain your answer.
The Charter Review Board should remain an elected body. It provides a no barrier, entry-level position to citizens interested in getting more engaged with their government – there is no petition requirement and no filing fee to run for the office. It gives citizens a voice in how county government operates and gives them a meaningful way to participate. Keeping the Board elected, keeps it more accountable to the people.