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).
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PHOTO GALLERY: 68th annual Labor Day Regatta
Sarasota Sailing Squadron hosted its 68th annual Labor Day Regatta Saturday, Aug. 30, at Sarasota Sailing Squadron.
PHOTO GALLERY: Jen's MarketPlace farmer's market
Aug. 30, after a three-year hiatus the Lakewood Ranch farmer's market returned to Main Street, with about 22 vendors and a new name — Jen's MarketPlace.
PHOTO GALLERY: Operation Pet Rescue
Animal lovers converged Aug. 30 on Lakewood Ranch Main Street for Operation Pet Rescue. Participants visited booths run by the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch volunteers, for stamps. Proceeds from the raffle benefited the East County rescue.
1 Urbanfit Round 3
6:00 am - 7:00 am
1 Meet the Sky
4 Mindful Practice
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5 Sarasota Singles Society: "An Evening at the Sarasota Opera House"
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm