USFSM will host a forum for state House and Senate candidates.

USF Sarasota-Manatee, Observer to host Candidate Forum

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: August 15, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2018) USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Observer Media Group are presenting a 2018 Candidate Forum with school board candidates from Sarasota and Manatee counties.

The forum, scheduled Saturday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 6 p.m., will take place at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

The Institute for Public Policy and Leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee is partnering with the Observer Media Group to present the forum.

The event is free and open to the public.

School board candidates for Manatee County include:

  • District 2: Alice S. Kaddatz and Charles Kennedy
  • District 4: James F. Daniel, Jr.; Scott L. Hopes; Richard M. Murphy and Joseph L. Stokes
  • District 5: John A. Colon and James T. Golden

School board candidates for Sarasota County include:

  • District 1: Nick Guy and Bridget Ziegler
  • District 4: Shirley Brown and Karen Rose
  • District 5: Pamela Ann Gavette, Jane Goodwin, Richard Paul Linden and Justin Cody Willis

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