The Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) is recommending the following candidates for United States House of Representatives, State House of Representatives, Manatee County and Sarasota County.

The Association hosted a special screening panel to conduct interviews with candidates from various races and concluded that the following candidates were best qualified for office and supportive of issues important to the members of RASM.

“As Realtors®, we pride ourselves on being community advocates because we don’t merely sell real property, we sell communities. Our recommended candidates demonstrated an understanding of our issues and have the capability to make our communities thrive.” 2016 RASM President Linda Formella.

U.S. House of Representatives:
Rep. Vern Buchanan

Florida House of Representatives:
Rep. Julio Gonzalez – District 74
Alex Miller – District 72

Manatee County Commission:
Ron Reagan – District 1
Vanessa Baugh – District 5

Manatee County School Board:
Xtavia Bailey – District 1
Misty Servia – District 3

Manatee County Property Appraiser:
Charles Hackney

Sarasota County Commission:
Mike Moran – District 1

Sarasota County School Board:
Teresa Mast – District 2


We also congratulate the following on being elected facing no opposition:

Manatee County:
John Colon – School Board
Rick Wells – Sheriff

Sarasota County:
Charles Hines – County Commission
Nancy Detert – County Commission
Bill Furst – Property Appraiser
Tom Knight – Sheriff
Eric Robinson – School Board