Updates

Congratulations to Our Winning Candidates

•RASM endorsed candidates had a 76% success rate. Special thanks to all RASM members that voted.

Ballot Issues

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Amendment 2 – PASSED

Amendment 2 protects YOU by keeping a cap on annual property tax increases. Prior to the statewide cap on non-homestead property tax increases, taxes would often jump by over 10% year after year. That cap will expire December 31st. Amendment 2 makes a 10% cap permanent, protecting residents and forever removing the threat of large tax hikes.

And Amendment 2 is good for everybody! It helps communities thrive by preventing excessive property taxes, protecting renters from rent increases, and ensuring Florida remains an affordable place to live, work, and do business. To Learn more about Amendment 2, Click Here.

Change the Date Sarasota – PASSED

The Sarasota City Charter Amendment proposed we change elections from March to May in odd-numbered years to August and November in even-numbered years to coincide with federal, state and other county elections.

Changing the Date will increase voter turnout, as well as saving the taxpayers money by not having separate elections. To learn more about Change the Date Sarasota, Click Here

 

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Sarasota County Legacy Trail Extention – PASSED

On November 6th, Sarasota County residents can vote to extend the Legacy Trail by about 6 miles to Fruitville Road. The extension will also include 2 new overpasses.

The Legacy Trail creates a safe path for people to get to work and school, and also promotes health and wellness by providing a place to be active. To learn more about “Vote Yes for the Sarasota Legacy Trail Extension” campaign, Click Here

 

RASM Commended Candidates

The RASM Political Action Advisory Committee (PAAC) works to ensure that the Voice for Real Estate® is represented among our politicians. After an intensive review process and final approval by the RASM Board of Directors, these candidates are recommended by the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee. Hover over each picture to learn more about their campaign.

The General Election is Tuesday, November 6. Be sure to check your voter registration information is up-to-date and check your precinct.

MANATEE COUNTY

Manatee County

Commissioner Carol Whitmore
Manatee County Commissioner (District 6)
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Commissioner Carol Whitmore

Holmes Beach

Judy Titsworth
Holmes Beach Mayor

Judy Titsworth (Holmes Beach)

Manatee County

Reggie Bellamy
Manatee County Commissioner (District 2)
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Reggie Bellamy

Manatee County

Pat Roff
Bradenton City Council (Ward 3)
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Pat Roff

Manatee County

Misty Servia
Manatee County Commission (District 4)
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Misty Servia

SARASOTA COUNTY

Sarasota County

Christian Ziegler
Sarasota County Commissioner (District 2)
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Christian Ziegler

Sarasota County

Alan Maio
Sarasota County Commissioner (District 4)
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Alan Maio

Sarasota County

Bridget Ziegler
Sarasota County School Board (District 1)
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Bridget Ziegler

RECOMMENDED BY FLORIDA REALTORS®

Florida

Ashley Moody
Attorney General
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Ashley Moody

Florida

Matt Caldwell
Florida Agriculture Commissioner
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Matt Caldwell

Florida House

James Buchanan
Florida House (District 74)
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James Buchanan

Florida

Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer
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Jimmy Patronis

Florida House

Tommy Gregory
Florida House District 73
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Tommy Gregory

Florida House

Wengay Newton
Florida House District 70
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Rep. Wengay Newton

Florida House

Will Robinson
Florida House District 71
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Will Robinson

Florida Senate

Representative Joe Gruters
Florida Senate District 23
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Rep. Joe Gruters

RECOMMENDED BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Florida Senate

Representative Vern Buchanan
16th Congressional District
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Representative Vern Buchanan

17th Congressional District

Greg Steube
17th Congressional District
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Greg Steube

2018 Political Action Advisory Committee:
Roger Piro – Chair
Bill Furst – Vice Chair
Barbara Anson
Ben Bakker
Laura Benson
Lynn Callahan
Jaymie Carter
Erick Shumway
Cori Fournier
Sherry Grooms
Geri Kenyon
Alex Krumm
Dan McLeroy
Christina Pitchford
Glo Reber
Stafford Starcher

About the Selection Process

Each election cycle, the RASM Political Action Advisory Committee (a committee comprised of RASM members) identifies which local and/or state races the organization has an interest in. After much discussion and deliberation, candidates are chosen for endorsement by the committee. The RASM Board of Directors will then review all pertinent information provided by the PAAC prior to any formal recommendation by quorum vote.

The candidate selection process involves 33 RASM members in conjunction with the RASM Governmental Affairs Department. All involved during this process understand the importance of each decision and that integrity must remain the top priority. All members are required to sign a conflict of interest agreement and further required to announce anytime one should present itself. Any conflict may exclude this member from participating in the process where the conflict exists. Questions? Contact Government Affairs Director Max Brandow at (941) 952-3410.