You have received your ballot for the August 23 election – now what?

If you are a registered voter on Longboat Key in either Sarasota or Manatee County, here is the information you need to fill out your August 23 ballot.

(Please note: LBKDC cannot endorse candidates in Democratic primaries.)

First, if you signed up for a Vote by Mail ballot and it has not arrived, check its status. Or register to vote by mail now through July 25. or 941.861.8618 (Sarasota) or 941.741.3823 (Manatee)

Here's our guide to help you make your choices on the August 23 ballot.

Sarasota County School board (a non-partisan race)

Every voter in the county votes in each race. Vote for all three pro-public school champions and defeat the far-right parental rights extremists!

· Dawnyelle Singleton, District 1

· Lauren Kurnov, District 4

· Nora Cietek, District 5

Read the candidates’ statements HERE.

Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate

Defeat Marco Rubio!

Note: Two other candidates are on the ballot but have not campaigned.

Congresswoman Val Demings

Courage, Convictions, Toughness, Compassion

From social work to 27 years in policing -- including serving as Chief and reducing crime in Orlando by 40% --Demings calls “defunding” the police “crazy,” but she holds law enforcement to high standards. Val works hard and does the job: “Democrats NEVER TIRE. People have suffered and people have died. Let’s get this done -- protect Social Security, Medicare and healthcare from the Republican onslaught, support public education, preserve the environment, and defend abortion rights and the sacred right to vote. We are not going back!”

A tireless champion for public safety, civil rights, and the American Dream for all, Val is a person of power, integrity and courage. Compare and contrast that with shapeshifter Marco Rubio and his flabby work ethic, backbone and principles. Harley rider Val has the grit and the guts.

Democratic Primary for Florida Governor & Lieutenant Governor

Choose the one you believe can defeat Ron DeSantis. Vote only for one.

Charlie Crist

Experience, Competence and Civility Working Across the Aisle

“DeSantis is hypocritical: He thinks Florida is the freest state—but apparently not if you’re a woman who would like the right to choose, or LGBTQ and would like not to be harassed at school. Apparently not if you are Black or Brown and want to vote in free and fair elections.”

Crist has deep governing experience, representing the U.S. 13th Congressional District since 2017. He was Governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011. Earlier in his career, Crist was a Republican State Senator, Education Commissioner, and Attorney General. In Congress, Crist strongly supports Ukraine, Everglades protection, privacy protection, environmental protection, and aid for domestic violence survivors. Charlie Crist promotes civility and dignity towards all.

Nikki Fried

Secretary of Agriculture/Consumer Affairs

A Lone Democratic Voice in the Cabinet

“It’s clear that Ron DeSantis must be a one-term governor.” The only Democrat in the DeSantis cabinet and only statewide Democrat in office since 2012, Fried has been a strong voice standing up for citizen rights, safety, and democracy. She kicked the NRA out of the weapons licensing process, defends abortion and voting rights, and protects the environment. She is running for Governor to build a state that gives power back to the voters. “I’ve been the only person standing in his road for 3 ½ years; I’ve watched him yell, the nepotism, destroying so many things. When called to action in states of emergency, he didn’t do it. People are tired of divisiveness. Trust me again and we will beat DeSantis.”

Statewide Democratic Primary

Florida Attorney General

You vote for one.

· Aramis Ayala

· Jim Lewis

· Daniel Uhlfelder

Statewide Democratic Primary

Secretary of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs

You vote for one.

· Naomi Blemur

· J.R. Gaillot

· Ryan Morales

Sarasota County Democratic Primary

Board of County Commissioners

District 2 Sarasota

You vote for one.

· Fredd "Glossie" Atkins

· Hagen Brody

· Mike Cosentino

Sarasota County Universal Primary

State Senator

District 22 Sarasota

Both candidates are Republicans.

Neither is supported by the Democratic Party.

What is a universal primary? If all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will be unopposed in the General Election, all qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the Primary Election for that office.

· Joe Gruters

· Michael Johnson

Manatee County Universal Primary

State Senator

District 20 Manatee

Both candidates are Republicans.

Neither is supported by the Democratic Party.

· Jim Boyd

· John Houman

Sarasota County Universal Primary

Sarasota Hospital Board

All candidates are Republicans. There are reasons for concern about some of the other candidates you'll see on the ballot for Hospital Board. The Board should function in a non-politicized manner.

· Hospital Board Central District Seat 2 - Thomas Dart

· Hospital Board Northern District Seat 1 - Brad Baker

· Southern District Seat 1 - Darryl Henry

· Southern District Seat 2 - Gregory Carter

Thank you for voting!

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