Election 2018

U.S. Senate

Bill Nelson

Bill_Nelson.jpgSince going to the U.S. Senate in 2001, Bill Nelson has fought hard for Florida interests. He has been a champion for protecting Florida's environment and economy,  an unwavering defender of Social Security, and a voice for the state's many veterans.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor


Andrew Gillum and Chris King

Andrew_Gillum.jpgChris_King.jpg“We’re going to build an economy that works for everyone, by training workers for good-paying jobs, expanding access to health care and ensuring every Floridian has a fair chance to succeed."


State Attorney General


Sean Shaw

As the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate, Sean was an independent watchdog for the public — working to protect consumers from price gouging and insurance fraud.…


State Chief Financial Officer


Jeremy Ring

Jeremy_Ring.jpgJeremy Ring is a tech pioneer, lifelong innovator, and committed public servant with a sterling record of accomplishment in business and in the Florida Senate. After opening the first East Coast office of the internet company Yahoo out of his apartment at age 25, Jeremy spent several years as an executive in the tech and innovation sector before moving to Florida to raise his family and winning election to the state senate.


U.S. House District 16


David Shapiro

David_Shapiro_2.jpg"We can’t afford partisan gridlock driven by career politicians. We need new leaders who will listen to our needs, fight for us, and be willing to work across the aisle to do what is best for our communities."


Florida House District 71


Tracy Pratt

Tracy_Pratt.jpgTracy Pratt is a local attorney, working in public interest law with a focus on civil rights  and legal aid.  She has a deep personal interest in the protection of our environment, public education, the interests of senior citizens, and the eradication of gun violence.


Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services


Nicole "Nikki" Fried

Nikki_Fried.jpg"Tallahassee needs leadership that will actually serve the people of Florida and listen to what the people want." Nikki  Fried will "support Florida farmers and ensure that industry concerns are properly balanced with environmental and consumer protections."


Florida House District 72


Margaret Good

Margaret_Goode.jpgMargaret Good has a deep appreciation for Florida’s rich history and natural wonder. She spent every summer at her grandparent’s home swimming in the natural lake, visiting Florida’s springs, and enjoying Florida’s historic sites. Margaret’s father, a fourth generation Floridian, was an Episcopal priest and her mother was a nurse. Together, they instilled in her strong values and a commitment to helping others and serving the community.


Florida State Senate


Faith Olivia Babis

Olivia_Babis.jpgOlivia Babis is a third generation Floridian. She was born and raised in Lakeland, FL where she graduated from George Jenkins High School. Olivia was drawn toward public service at a young age. Having been born with a physical disability, she frequently had to advocate for herself. She incorporated those experiences into her career and made building a more equitable society her passion.



Sarasota County Commission


Wesley Anne Beggs

District 4

Wesley_Anne_Beggs.jpgWesley was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, and comes from a true family of Floridians. There has been a civil servant working in Florida in every generation of her family since her great-great uncle, G.V. Leland, who served as City Manager of St. Pete in the 1930s. In fact, during his tenure, he commissioned the City Hall they still use today. Wesley seeks to continue this tradition of creating positive change as your next County Commissioner. She is fighting to put the public back in public service by representing the citizens of Sarasota who value environmental protection, affordable housing, and sustainable economic growth.

Ruta Maria Jounieri

District 2

Ruta_Maria_Jouniari.jpgRuta Maria Jouniari is a small business owner, a small farmer, and a community health advocate. Ruta Maria began her career with Aetna U.S. Healthcare, developing markets in Boston and Tampa and fighting to lower premium costs for consumers. Fifteen years ago, Ruta Maria changed her professional focus and founded her own company, International Staffing Group, Inc., a company that places veterans in good jobs that allow them to utilize their specialized skills.



Krista Lohr (District 1)

The Sarasota County Charter Review Board (CRB) currently lacks an advocate for the people of Sarasota County and Sarasota County’s environment.  If elected, I will be an advocate to protect the voice of the voters and Sarasota County’s environment and natural resources.  Also, if I am elected to the CRB, I will work on a plan for the CRB to engage in community outreach and educate the public regarding the Sarasota County Charter and the role of the CRB.

Mindy Lou Simmons (District 2)
As a resident of Sarasota County I have served on the Board of the local Sarasota Folk Music Club for 20 years. I served as the President of the Sarasota Folk Club for 10 of those years and Director of the Sarasota Folk Festival for 5 of those years.  It is my desire as a citizen of Sarasota County to add a voice on the Charter Review Board of the average citizen. I want to work with this committee to make sure that the voice of our citizens are being heard and that the charter is being followed and/or amended to improve the communications and workings of our local government on behalf of 'we' the citizens of Sarasota County. 
Kevin Connolly (District 5)


Russ Battiata

Northern District Seat 2

Russ has 24 years’ experience in the medical education field, most recently at East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, where he is Campus President. In addition to managing the academic operations, Russ is also responsible for the medical clinic which provides natural healing through acupuncture, massage, and Chinese herbology. Throughout his career Russ has overseen colleges which have trained nurses, surgical technicians, acupuncture physicians, and other medical professionals. His work with the medical community and his students has launched many professional alliances and successful medical careers.



Miglena Entcheva

Central District Seat 2

I have more than 30 years of experience working as a medical professional. I spent 13 years as a physician in internal medicine in Bulgaria. Since moving to the United States with my husband and two daughters in 1999, I’ve held a variety of positions including lead research coordinator, IRB manager and program manager at the Cardiovascular Center of Sarasota.





District 4


In 2004, Stokes was hired as Principal of Martha B. King Middle School here in Bradenton, where he was highly regarded by parents and staff alike. Stokes was promoted to Director of Elementary Education for Manatee County Schools in 2009.  After five years, he chose to return to a Title I school in order to work together with the faculty, staff, and students of Samoset Elementary in raising their failing school grade. Three years later, Samoset’ school letter grade was up two grades and Stokes retired in June of 2016.



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