Election 2014: Incumbents, philosophy and national attention

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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:45 am

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Bottom line from last night’s Sarasota and Manatee county races – the incumbents did well and voters indicated the current philosophy in county commission, school board, and hospital board deliberations should stay somewhat static. 

While turnout remained relatively low, as is normal for primary races, early and absentee voting helped drive the total numbers to around 20% in both counties.

The Sarasota County School Board District 1 race was on the most closely watched with four candidates vying for the seat.  By night’s end, voters sent Ken Marsh and Bridget Ziegler into a November general election run-off.  Ziegler’s candidacy has been a lightning rod since being recently appointed to the seat by Governor Rick Scott. The Hospital Board remained intact – that race being driven by issues around privatization speculation of Sarasota Memorial Hospital.  County commission races followed suit with Paul Caragiulo and Alan Maio having a more favorable view of regional economic development.

In the governor’s race, the national spotlight was shining on Florida politics once again as Charlie Crist won his primary race setting up what could one of the most expensive and most negative races in the fall elections.  Republicans were watching the Crist numbers closely to find any vulnerabilities in his support across the state.  With almost $30m already spent in this race, there is talk that Democrats could pour as much as $50m into the race and also bring in national surrogate Democrats to combat what is expected to be extremely heavy spending by Rick Scott.  Another factor in the race - independent candidate  Adrian Wyllie who will look to pull numbers from both candidates. 

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  • matthew617 posted at 1:45 pm on Thu, Aug 28, 2014.

    matthew617 Posts: 3

    Adrian Wyllie is running as a libertarian not a independent

  • aurora posted at 1:05 pm on Thu, Aug 28, 2014.

    aurora Posts: 1

    Wyllie is a Libertarian not an Independent. He will be the third candidate on the ballot for governor and he has my vote.

  • OrlandoChris posted at 6:16 pm on Wed, Aug 27, 2014.

    OrlandoChris Posts: 25

    Adrian Wyllie deserves my vote and yours too. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round, election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of Florida and stop voting for these ‘paid for’ career politicians that are only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians. Even if it’s just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do what is right for our (yours and your children’s) future and vote for Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very powerful. Visit his website today.


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