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  • >>Just look at the last several local elections<<

    Yes, if there are any! Commissioner Jon Thaxton's name hasn't appeared on a Sarasota County ballot in over a decade. He was elected in 2000 and was unopposed in 2004, 2008 and so far in 2012. Term limits are needed to encourage open, competitive elections.
  • Philip Blumel
    Mon 24th Oct 2011
    at 9:32pm
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  • As it is widely expected the Florida Supreme Court will uphold the Constitutionality of county commission term limits before the 2012 elections, the county commission is already planning its next counterattack. Rather than letting the voter-approved 8-year term limits go into effect, they are floating the idea of a new referendum to abolish the 8-year term limits and replace them with new 12-year term limits with a new (that is, another) grandfather period of 12 years!

    For the full story, see www.sarasotatermlimits.com

  • Philip Blumel
    Fri 21st Oct 2011
    at 8:27am
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  • Most folks have no clue how stacked the deck is in favor of the incumbent. Just look at the campaign financials of those that are currently unopposed. Without the blessings of those in control, a challenger has basically no chance. Just look at the last several local elections.
  • Frank Kovach
    Sun 16th Oct 2011
    at 6:42pm
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