Endorsements and recommendations for the November 3rd general election are coming soon.
Ballots for the August 18th Primary Election are sparse in both Sarasota and Charlotte Counties, but both include school board races that are final (not primary) elections.
In Sarasota County our votes are critically important to maintain a majority dedicated to public schools, as opposed to private charter schools. Englewood Indivisible, together with other organizations that support public education, endorses David Graham and Tom Edwards for School Board.
Charlotte County School Board District 2: Englewood Indivisible strongly recommends incumbent Kim Amontree based on her past record on the board. Her challenger Joseph Williams declares himself a champion of arming teachers, rather than spending on a security system. He complains about spending for schools. And he wants to get rid of books he doesn’t like in our school libraries.
Note: This race is not a primary and it will appear on all Charlotte County ballots. Please be sure to vote for Kim Amontree. This is the only race on the Democratic ballot.
Airport Authority District 1: We cannot recommend either candidate for this race. Vanessa Oliver is the daughter of State Rep. Michael Grant (opposed by our member David Jones). Bob Star is a former Charlotte County Commissioner, a retired corporate executive and longtime Charlotte County Republican Party office-holder.
This is the only race on the Republican Ballot
Please note that these three contests are final
Sarasota County School Board District 2: Englewood Indivisible endorses David Graham. Graham, a Democrat backed by Sarasota County Democrats, currently works as an analyst for the school district. He strongly supports public schools and calls for an end to the partisan bickering that has divided the board in recent years. More here. His opponent Karen Rose is a Republican funded by the local political establishment.
Sarasota County School Board District 3: Englewood Indivisible endorses Tom Edwards, a retired businessman. His platform emphasizes the importance of protecting our public schools from privatization and the voucher system. His opponent, incumbent Eric Robinson, is often noted as a major player in the local Republican Party and in political funding that flows to Sarasota County candidates willing to allow unregulated development. Edwards is a Democrat and is backed by Sarasota County Democrats.
Sarasota County School Board Races are county-wide, non-partisan and final. That means that everyone votes for both District 2 and District 3. This is a very important election. Please vote for David Graham and Tom Edwards!
Sheriff: We cannot recommend either Paul Fern or Kurt Hoffman, the two candidates in this race. Fern's background and credentials are not sufficient for addressing racism in law enforcement and Hoffman is backed by the establishment that favors unhindered development in Sarasota County. Hoffman's treasurer is Joe Gruters who represents our 23rd district in the Florida Senate. We are not sure we can vote for either man.
Hospital Board Central District Seat 1: Both candidates for this seat, Vicki Lynn Nighswander and Steven Kleinglass are very qualified with impressive healthcare backgrounds. We recommend Vicki Lynn Nighswander because of her expertise in infectious disease control.
State Attorney 12th Judicial Circuit: This race pits incumbent Ed Brodsky against Lisa Chittaro, a former prosecutor in his office. She accuses him of favoring a defendant. (Details here.) He has much more money and many more endorsements than she does, but she is a credible candidate whom many of our Republican members, reviewing Brodsky’s endorsements, will choose to vote for.
County Commission District 5: Two wealthy Trumpers, Ron Cutsinger and Christopher Hanks, both from North Port, are competing to face the Democratic candidate, Englewood Indivisible member Alice White. Because our members are committed to electing Alice we will only suggest that she might do better running against Cutsinger.
Charter Review Board Districts 1 and 2: We hope to have recommendations or at least comments on these races soon.
Hospital Board At Large Seat 1: We hope to have information on this race soon.