For Immediate Release: January 14, 2016
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk at 941-954-4160
Sarasota, FL: – At its Regular Sarasota City Commission Meeting of January 19, 2016, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota will hold a public hearing to consider two alternative Ordinances to change the City election dates by amending the City Charter to hold the General Election for the Office of City Commissioner on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in all even numbers years and to place on the ballot at referendum one of the following Ordinances:
- Proposed Ordinance No. 16-5154 provides for a first election to be held ten weeks before the General Election if three of more candidates qualify for a District Commission Seat or if four or more candidates qualify for the two At-Large Commission Seats.
- Proposed Ordinance No. 16-5155 provides for no preliminary or first election and no majority vote requirement to elect a candidate.
Both proposed Ordinances would have the effect of changing the City’s current election date from the second Tuesday in March of each odd numbered year (with a runoff election in May) to November of each even numbered year. The City Commission may adopt proposed Ordinance No. 16-5154 or proposed Ordinance No. 16-5155 to place on the ballot but if neither is adopted by the City Commission, the City Charter will remain unchanged.
The proposed Ordinances are available on our website, or in the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interested persons are welcome to attend the Tuesday January 19, 2016, public hearing and speak if desired. The City Commission will open the public hearings at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible.
For more information, please contact City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini at 954-4160.