by: Matt Walsh Editor & CEO
CITY OF SARASOTA CHARTER AMENDMENT
Changes City Commission elections from March and May in odd numbered years to August and November in even numbered years to coincide with federal, state and county elections. No candidate shall be elected in the August election. The August election shall occur only when required by the number of qualifying candidates. Otherwise, the November election shall be the only election. Changes Commission appointment of mayor and vice mayor to coincide with election dates.
Finally, city voters will have the opportunity to change the city’s voting schedule.
The primary impetus for this change is to bring an end to less than 20% of the city’s voters deciding the outcomes of City Commission elections.
The governance of the city of Sarasota desperately needs change. This amendment is a step in the right direction.