Democrat Daniel Kuether has entered the race for Sarasota County Commission District 4.
Kuether works for a real estate technology company and served as Vice Chairman of the Sarasota County Democratic Party. He is taking time off from that role to run his county commission campaign.
Kuether said the current commission “isn’t doing its job.” He said the council “approves” many of the requests made by property developers.
“I think it’s time for someone else to come along – especially from a different party – to fight some of that rubber stamp and really start to force the commission to really think and act in a way a little more responsible,” he said. .
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Kuether is currently the only Democrat running for the District 4 seat, which is being vacated by Committee Chairman Alan Maio. If no other Democrats enter the race, on Nov. 8 Kuether would face the winner of the Aug. 23 Republican primary, which is currently being contested between Venice City Councilman Joe Neunder and home improvement contractor Mark Hawkins.
Candidates must submit their qualifying documents to the office of the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections by noon Friday.
One of the issues Kuether has said is important to him is development. He said he has worked in the real estate industry for 10 years, including as a liaison for Schroeder-Manatee Ranch and now as a UX/UI designer for a real estate technology company. He said he is familiar with the real estate industry and the challenges it faces.
“The citizens of Sarasota need holistic development that benefits the entire county,” a campaign press release said. “If elected, he will push developers to force systematic change, support multiple forms of transportation, identify and implement affordable housing options, and establish greater safeguards for the surrounding environment.”
Kuether said whenever commissioners make a decision — whether on development, infrastructure or other issues — they must keep the environment top of mind.
“We are running into a countdown with climate change,” he said. “I want to make sure that our barrier islands remain habitable.”
Kuether is running in a district with a majority of registered Republican voters. He noted, however, that there are many voters in his constituency with no party affiliation.
He is also running in a single-member constituency, which he says will help his campaign. In single-member constituencies, commissioners are elected solely by the citizens of their constituency, rather than being elected by the entire county.
The system – which was initially approved by voters in 2018 and re-approved in March – means Kuether can focus on the district’s more than 70,000 voters, instead of having to reach more than 346,000 voters overall. County.
Kuether moved to Sarasota County in 2018 from New York because her husband is from Sarasota. He grew up in rural Ohio and attended Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
Anne Snabes covers city and county government for the Herald-Tribune. You can contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @a_snabes.