KEVIN CONNELLY, No Party Affiliation
BIRTHPLACE: Elmhurst, N.Y.
FAMILY: Spouse, Judith
EDUCATION: BBA, marketing, University of Notre Dame
PROFESSIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army-Retired; combat veteran, Vietnam; U.S. Department of State, foreign service officer; director of Industrial Development Agency, New York; president, Apollo Sunguard Systems Inc., Sarasota.
FUN FACT: Working on captain’s license.
Why do you want to be elected to the Charter Review Board?
To ensure that the charter meets the needs of our citizens.
How would you describe the role and responsibilities of the Charter Review Board?
To ensure sound governance for the efficient functioning of local government to meet the needs of its citizens.
What is your position on whether the board should consist of elected or appointed members? Why elected? Or, why appointed?
It should be an elected board to ensure broad public access with full public input. It minimizes special-interest domination.
What criticisms, if any, do you have of the previous board, and for what changes will you advocate if you are elected?
What makes you a better candidate for the Charter Review Board than your opponent?
My experience draws from government, military and private enterprise. I have seen what works and what does not work.
What is your vision for the Charter Review Board?
The first issue I would like the board to consider is changing the requirements for Supervisor of Elections from a partisan to a non-partisan position. The office of Supervisor of Elections should be no-party affiliation (NPA).
MUSIC REVIEW: La Musica final program
La Musica ended its season last Wednesday with a wonderfully sculpted program it played with precision and beauty.
Weekend Best Bet: Siesta Key Village Easter Party
Meet the Easter bunny and hunt fun for eggs on Siesta Beach at the fifth annual Siesta Key Village Easter Party Saturday, April 18.
Sheriff's Office reports falling crime rate
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office released its annual report Wednesday, highlighting agency milestones and achievements.
State Street garage comes with $10.6 million price tag
The guaranteed maximum price to build the State Street parking garage is lower than a February estimate, but exceeds the original budgeted cost by $3.4 million.
19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
19 Blessing of the Animals
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
19 Good Friday Service
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
19 Founder's Day
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm