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The Bradenton Times Early Voting Guide

Published Monday, August 18, 2014 12:10 am

    

Early Voting Edition for August 16, 2014

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Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

Candidate Profile: Charlie Crist
Charlie Crist is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for Governor. After serving one term in the position as a Republican, Crist will seek to oust his former party - and Rick Scott - from the Governor's Mansion if he defeats Nan Rich in the Democratic primary.



Candidate Profile: Nan Rich
Former Florida senate member Nan Rich will face once-more candidate Charlie Crist in the Democratic primary for Governor. As the underdog in the challenge for her party's nomination, Rich has stressed her liberal credentials in comparison to Crist, while questioning the stances on policy issues of her once-Republican opponent.

 

 

 

Republican Gubernatorial Primary

 

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Candidate Profile: Rick Scott

Incumbent candidate Rick Scott is seeking a second term as Governor of Florida. Currently running neck and neck in the polls with leading Democratic candidate Charlie Crist  the battle for the Governor's Mansion is currently a toss-up with months to go before the gubernatorial election. Still, Scott will face two opponents on the GOP primary ballot, though neither has been able to mount anything resembling an effective campaign against the Governor.

 

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Candidate Profile: Elizabeth Cuevas-NeunderSarasota's Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder will be on the ballot challenging incumbent Florida Governor Rick Scott for the GOP nomination for the office. Before seeking the nomination for governor, Cueves-Neunder failed in bids for the Florida House in 2006 and the Sarasota County School Board in 2004.

 

 

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Candidate Profile: Gubernatorial Candidate Yinka Abosede Adeshina

Yinka Abosede Adeshina will be on the ballot challenging incumbent Florida Governor Rick Scott for the GOP nomination for the office. Despite raising nearly $200,000 and qualifying for matching funds from the state, Adeshina has not campaigned in any meaningful way.

 

 

County Commission

Manatee County Commission District 4

Race Analysis: Manatee County Commission District 4
In District 4, incumbent Manatee County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino will compete in an open Republican Party primary against Tim Norwood on the August 26 ballot. Because no other candidates are in the race and the winner will be awarded the seat on the board, all registered voters in District 4 will be allowed to participate in the election regardless of party affiliation.

 

 

Candidate Profile: Robin DiSabatino
District 4 Manatee County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino is seeking a second term on the BOCC. While no Democrat has filed for the seat, she is opposed by Tim Norwood, whom she defeated in 2010, in this August's Republican primary.



Candidate Profile: Tim Norwood
Tea party Republican Tim Norwood will take another shot at the Republican nomination for Manatee County Commission District 4. Norwood surprised many when he collected 30 percent of the vote in a three-way primary for the same nomination in 2010, despite being heavily outspent by current commissioner Robin DiSabatino when they were vying for the seat vacated by longtime commissioner Ron Getman.
 
DiSabatino and Norwood Debate for District 4 Seat
The first County Commission seat to be decided this election year will be for the District 4 seat in the primary election on Aug. 26, when Commissioner Robin DiSabatino will defend her seat against challenger Tim Norwood. With no democrat candidate, the Aug. 26 ballot box will decide which will be the next District 4 Commissioner.  


DiSabatino Seeks Return Trip to the Dais
Manatee County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino has by no means been on the winning side of every vote since being elected in 2010. Indeed, the former real estate agent has often found herself at odds with the board's majority, dissenting on issues that affect things like smart growth, mining and the small businesses in her district. For many of her constituents, that's just fine. In the view of her supporters, the BOCC had been lacking healthy debate for some time and a little healthy dissent can go a long way.


Tim Norwood Running for County Commission on Jobs, Crime and Budget
Manufacturing engineer and self-proclaimed Tea Party Republican Tim Norwood is running for the district 4 seat on the Manatee County Commission. Norwood is campaigning on a platform of budget cuts, jobs and crime reduction.

 




MCRG Endorses Gallen and DiSabatino in County Commission Primaries
In District 4, incumbent Manatee County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino will compete in an open Republican Party primary against Tim Norwood on the August 26 ballot. Because no other candidates are in the race and the winner will be awarded the seat on the board, all registered voters in District 4 will be allowed to participate in the election regardless of party affiliation.



 




 








 
 
 
 
 
Manatee County Commission District 2

Race Analysis: Manatee County Commission District 2
In District 2, incumbent Manatee County Commissioner Michael Gallen will compete in a three-way Democratic Party primary against former MCSO Deputy Corie Holmes and Palmetto City Commissioner Charles Smith. While no Republican has filed to run in the November general election, a write-in candidate has closed off the primary, restricting it to registered Democrats in the district.


Despite Success, Gallen Sees Much More to be Done
Manatee County Commissioner Michael Gallen has had a busy four years since being elected to the board in 2010. The former school teacher and attorney has ended up on the losing end of many votes, but that hasn’t stopped him from building an impressive resume, along with a strong case that the voters of district 2 should send him back to the BOCC this August.


Smith Wants to Lend More Aggressive Approach to County Commission
Charles Smith is running for County Commissioner of District 2 in Manatee County. Smith says, "We need strong leadership with diverse conversation that understands the needs of district 2. There are needs that are not being addressed."


Corie Holmes Takes Another Shot at BOCC
Corie Holmes came up short in his bid to unseat Manatee County Commission chair Larry Bustle in 2012. This time around, the Palmetto-based investigator and noted community activist is seeking the Democratic nomination for the district 2 seat currently held by Commissioner Michael Gallen.



Gallen, Holmes and Smith Face Off in METV Debate
At the METV debate Friday afternoon, sitting District 2 Commissioner Michael Gallen defended his first term as accomplished but still in process. His opponents Charles Smith and Corie Holmes said he hasn't accomplished enough, and that they can do better.


Candidate Profile: Michael Gallen
Manatee County Commissioner Michael Gallen is seeking reelection to the board and will face two challengers in the August Democratic primary. An attorney and former teacher at Lakewood Ranch High, Gallen brings an impressive first-term record to the table, despite being the lone member of his party on the 7-member BOCC.


Candidate Profile: Charles Smith
Palmetto City Commissioner Charles Smith is looking to step up to the Manatee County Commission, challenging incumbent District 2 Commissioner Michael Gallen in the August Democratic primary. Smith pledges a more aggressive style that he says is needed to fully address the challenges of the urban district.


Candidate Profile: Corie Holmes
A firm believer in the slogan, “The people's vote is their voice,” Corie Holmes is running for Manatee County Commission, District 1. First starting out as a volunteer at the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Holmes accumulated a total of 12 years with the agency before moving into the field of private investigation. He faces incumbent District 1 Commissioner Larry Bustle in November.


Write-in Candidate Closes off District 2 County Commission Primary
Manatee County Commissioner Michael Gallen's reelection campaign may have just gotten more difficult, as a write-in candidate has filed for the race. Gallen won the seat in 2010 via an open primary, thanks in part to Republican support. Florida election law allows all voters to participate in primary races when there is no opponent registered outside of the primary and it essentially becomes the de facto general election.



 




 

 










School Board

VIDEO: The Education Report
Manatee Educational Television Director Charles Clapsaddle sat down last week with TBT's Dennis Maley, Bay News 9's Summer Smith, The Herald Tribune's Tom Tryon and The Bradenton Herald's Chris Willie to discuss the state of public school education in Manatee County Schools. See what they had to say ...



Manatee County School Board District 5

Race Analysis: Manatee County School Board District 5
In the District 5 school board race, a crowded field of three challengers are seeking the seat currently occupied by board chair Julie Aranibar in an election that could have profound impacts on both the board and the school district it governs. Like all school board races, it will appear on August's primary ballot. If the top vote-getter does not receive a simple majority of votes (50 percent plus 1), the top two will compete in a runoff election on November's ballot. School board races are nonpartisan.


Candidate Profile: Julie Aranibar
Julie Aranibar is the incumbent in the district 5 school board race. She currently serves as the 5-member board's chair. Aranibar was elected in 2010 amid a wave of intense dissatisfaction with the previous school district administration and suspected financial problems, which she would help bring to light in her first term.



Candidate Profile: Mary Cantrell
Mary Cantrell is the outgoing director at Manatee Technical Institute where she oversaw the school's transition to its new SR70 campus. After her position was consolidated and her contract non-renewed for the 2014/15 school year, she filed to seek the district 5 school board seat currently held by board chair Julie Aranibar. 

 

Candidate Profile: James Golden
James Golden, who served on the Bradenton City Council and has unsuccessfully run for both Congress and the Manatee County Commission, is one of four candidates running for the Manatee County School Board's District 5 seat in the August 26 election.



Candidate Profile: Carlton "Les" Nichols
Carlton "Les" Nichols is running for the Manatee School Board district 5 seat, in a three-candidate race on the August ballot. Nichols cites his communication skills and leadership abilities as strengths for the job.

 


 

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Interview: Manatee School Board Chair Julie Aranibar
As far as first terms go, few politicians can claim to have had the sort of roller coaster as someone elected to the Manatee County School Board in 2010. The district has gone through epic trials and tribulations but is beginning to look like it's on the right course for success. TBT asked incumbent board chair Julie Aranibar what she has learned in these four years and why she'd like another term on the board. 

School Board Candidate Cantrell Emphasizes Reaching Out to Students, Teachers
"I feel like some things in the district aren't going the way they should be," said Manatee School Board candidate Mary Cantrell, who was in Tennessee with her daughter when she took time out to speak with TBT about her recently-announced campaign. "If you think you can help change something that you're not happy with, then you should step up to the plate," she added.


It's All About Student Opportunity for Golden
The Reverend James Golden has become a regular on Manatee County ballots. The former Bradenton City Councilman has run for Congress, county commission and back in 1998 he even challenged Barbara Harvey for the school board's district 2 seat. This year, he's one of three candidates vying for the district 5 spot on the board.


Nichols Says Communication is Key for School Board Members
Carlton 'Les' Nichols says he isn't much for breakfast. "I ate a NutriGrain bar this morning," he said; despite that, he calls himself a high-energy person and, as a candidate for Julie Aranibar's District 5 seat on the Manatee School Board, said he has the leadership skills to help turn the troubled district around.



Brunner and Cantrell Make Late Jump into School Board Races
Just a couple of weeks before the qualifying period, what looked like a set field for the 2014 Manatee County School Board races received two more candidates. Outgoing Manatee Technical Institute Director Mary Cantrell and former school board member and Manatee County Commission candidate Frank Brunner will vie for the seats currently held by Julie Aranibar and Karen Carpenter respectively.



















 

Manatee County School Board District 4

Race Analysis: Manatee County School Board District 4
The Manatee County School Board district 4 race will see former member Frank Brunner challenge first-term incumbent Karen Carpenter. The non-partisan race will appear on the August 26 primary ballot. School board races are contested countywide, meaning all registered voters in Manatee County can participate, regardless of their district.


Interview: Manatee School Board Member Karen Carpenter
Karen Carpenter was elected to the school board in 2010 and immediately made her presence felt as a force for change. Carpenter helped bring to light millions in financial malfeasance and then served as the board's chair in 2013, providing critical leadership during one of the district's most unstable periods in its history. TBT asked Carpenter what she has learned in the last four years and why she's asking voters for another term on the board.

Frank Brunner Talks Leadership, Getting in Touch With District Employees
"I don't think it's a secret right now that our school board is facing the biggest challenges it's faced in close to 20 years in terms of finance and structural changes," said District 4 Manatee school board candidate Frank Brunner while speaking over the phone on Monday. The former school board member, who is running for Karen Carpenter's seat, advised that he wants to bring cohesiveness to what he described as an often-divisive board.
 
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Candidate Profile: Karen Carpenter
Karen Carpenter was elected to the school board in 2010 and this is her first bid for re-election. Carpenter, who was something as an outsider at the beginning of her term, would go on to serve as chair through the most turbulent period in the district's history.


Candidate Profile: Frank Brunner
The Marauders (29-17, 64-51) topped the Jupiter Hammerheads (15-30, 42-72) 5-0 in game one of Thursday night’s doubleheader before falling 9-6 in game two. The Marauders dropped a half game in the standings, but remain atop of the South Division by a single game over the Palm Beach Cardinals.


 

Manatee County School Board District 2

Race Analysis: Manatee County School Board District 2
The Manatee County School Board district 2 seat is the only one on this year's ballot that guarantees a new face on the board, as incumbent Barbara Harvey is not seeking reelection. In this race, Manatee High School teacher Charlie Kennedy takes on Manatee County native Rodney Jones. The non-partisan race will appear on the August 26 primary ballot. School board races are contested countywide, meaning all registered voters in Manatee County can participate, regardless of their district.

School Board Candidate Jones Says Culture Change Pivotal for District
Rodney Jones describes his candidacy for the District 2 seat of the Manatee School Board as "somewhat of a natural progression." A Manatee County native whose mother was a career educator, Jones talked about his experience with budgets and community involvement in an interview with the Times.


Kennedy Touts Experience as Educator in School Board Bid
Adding to what seems to be a growing trend of educators in the Manatee School District campaigning for the school board, Manatee High teacher Charles Kennedy announced at the beginning of May that he will be on the ballot in August. The career educator has sought to bring focus on issues such as giving more support to Pre-K education and involving board members further in classrooms.

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Candidate Profile: Rodney Jones
Rodney Jones is running for the Manatee County District 2 School Board seat that will be vacated by longtime veteran Barbara Harvey. Jones, who has experience as a mentor and counselor, says he is currently substitute teaching in the district in order to get a better handle on what is happening in the schools.




Candidate Profile: Charlie Kennedy
Manatee High School teacher Charlie Kennedy is running for the Manatee County District 2 School Board seat that will be vacated by longtime veteran Barbara Harvey. Kennedy says that his experience as an educator has put him in touch with what is happening in the schools in a way that will add valuable perspective to the board. 

 

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