The Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota has endorsed Vanessa Baugh for the District 5 seat on the Manatee County Commission.
"This is such an honor and I am thrilled to have the Home Builders Association behind me," Baugh, a Republican, said in a news release issued by the builders group. "We will work together to serve the citizens and businesses of Manatee County and especially those in District 5."
District 5 is comprised of eastern portions of Manatee County, including Lakewood Ranch. Incumbent Donna Hayes is not running for reelection.
Other candidates in the race include John Colon, a Republican; and James T. Golden, a Democrat.