Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Candidates joining races for Manatee County Commission

The new year is bringing interest from candidates wanting to run for a seat on the Manatee County Commission.

A few days after Donna Hayes said her off-again, on-again run for re-election in District 5 was again off-again, former Bradenton City Council member James T. Golden filed to run for the seat representing East Manatee, according to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Golden, a Democrat, is on a two-election losing streak. He lost his city council seat to Harold Byrd Jr., and in 2010 he was trounced by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, in the race for the local seat in Congress.

Golden lives in the Braden River Lakes subdivision, which after a recent redistricting is now in District 5.

On the Republican side, Lakewood Ranch businesswoman Vanessa Baugh previously filed for the seat. Pending the possibility that Hayes might again re-enter the race -- the elections office still lists her as an official candidate -- Baugh is currently running unopposed for the GOP nomination

Elsewhere in the county, Democrat Corie M. Holmes, a former Manatee County sheriff's deputy, has filed to challenge GOP Commissioner Larry Bustle in District 1. Bustle, a former Palmetto mayor, is running for re-election to the seat he won in 2008.

Other incumbents up for re-election this year are John Chappie and Joe McClash.

Chappie, who previously filed for re-election to represent District 3 (Bradenton and the islands), is currently running unopposed.

Two Republicans, Betsy Benac and Paul G. Stehle, have filed to run for the at-large District 7 seat.

McClash has not announced whether he will run for re-election.

The qualifying period for the elections is June 4 through June 8.

The primaries are Aug. 14, and the general election is Nov. 6.

1 comment:

  1. James T. Golden, when will this man realize that the people don't want him to represent them. We have had enough of crooked and side talking politicians that do nothing for the community.