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Sarasota Candidate Profiles

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Sarasota City Commission

Jen Ahearn-Koch, Dan Lobeck, and Debbie Trice head to a run-off during the General Election. The two candidates who receive the most votes will become at-large City Commissioners.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Ahearn-Koch is currently serving her fifth year as an at-large Sarasota City Commissioner. Her top three issues are preserving the environment, ensuring the right of citizens to peaceful enjoyment of their homes, and improving traffic flow and safety. Recently she has turned her attention to inclusive zoning as a possible way to boost affordable housing.

Dan Lobeck

Lobeck, a local attorney specializing in condo association law, is running because he sees no candidates “willing to stand up to the development interests who would turn this City into something less than the special place so many now seek to call home.”

Debbie Trice

Trice has been president of the Rosemary District Neighborhood Association for the past two years and served on the Sarasota County Charter Review Board. As commissioner, she wants to restore balance and collaboration to city decision-making, bring creative problem-solving to the community while addressing transportation, environment, and quality-of-life issues that are essential to sustaining a livable community.

Sarasota County Commission District 2

Fredd Atkins


In explaining why he was running for County Commission, Atkins said, “For too long this commission has turned its back on the citizens of the county by allowing over-development, ignoring key environmental issues and not facilitating access to affordable housing for everyone.”

Mark Smith


Smith served for many years on the Siesta Key Village Association Board of Directors and was also part of the leadership of Save Our Siesta Sand 2 (SOSS2). Traffic, water quality and affordable housing are some of the issues he said he wants to focus on as a commissioner. In 2010, Smith ran an unsuccessful campaign against Nora Patterson, an incumbent, in the Republican primary for County Commission District 4. 

Sarasota County Commission District 4

Daniel Kuether


Kuether wants to join the commission to challenge the development issues he believes the current commission caters to. He has worked in the real estate industry for the last 10 years. He would also like to see multimodal transportation, increased affordable housing, and heightened environmental protections in the County.

Joe Neunder


Joe Neunder is a local chiropractor and and stepped down from the Venice City Council to run for County Commissioner. Joe defines the secret to Sarasota’s success as small government, low taxes, balanced budgets, respect and support for law enforcement and first responders, and protection for the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Charter Review Board

District 1

Alexandra Coe


Coe has served on the Charter Review Board since 2020. She is a member of the Republican Executive Committee and previously served on the Historic Preservation Advisory Board and the Historical Commission. She aims to keep the government accountable and responsive to the people.

Nancy M. H. Simpson


Further information about Simpson is not readily available online.

District 2

G. Matthew Brockway


Brockway works as an attorney of intellectual property law and land use law.

Jae Langston D. Williams


Williams works as the Director of Human Resources at the Suncoast School for Innovative Studies.

District 4

Jack Miller


Information about Miller is not readily available online.

Ray Porter


Porter's primary reason for running is to preserve the independence of the Charter Review Board from the County Commission. He has worked in journalism, communications, and public relations.

Hospital Board

Northern District, Seat 2

Victor J. Rohe


Rohe is part of the "Health Freedom" slate of candidates which recently gained national attention in an article by the Washington Post. Rohe's professional experience includes serving as the lieutenant of a police precinct, working as a stock broker, and working as a mortgage broker. His goal in running for Hospital Board is to restore confidence in Sarasota Memorial by investigating allegations of abuse.

Jonathan Tubbs


Information about Tubbs is not readily available online.

We want to hear your thoughts about the state of education in Florida. Please comment on the following:

1. Public schools in Sarasota County stand to lose $60m in state funding, if the Republican supermajority in Tallahassee passes HB-1, which would make all students eligible to receive state funds for private tuition.

2. The leadership changes at New College of Florida with a stated goal of transforming the school into the 'Hillsdale of the South'.

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