SAFE is partnering with Citizens for District Power (www.cdpsarasota.org) in this critical campaign. Please DONATE NOW to support our efforts in 2022 to save Single Member Districts, which passed in 2018 with overwhelming support of people of all political parties to benefit the PEOPLE! We changed from at-large to single member districts for electing County Commissioners so people of all political parties could elect candidates not beholden to the power-brokers in control of this county.
So far the Commissioners tried and failed to undermine this historic achievement by tasking the Charter Review Board to “review” single member districts, to get them to place a repeal amendment on the ballot in 2022, but on October 20th, 2021--thanks to much public protest--the Charter Review Board sent this task back to them to do their own dirty work. However the Commissioners then forged ahead and put a repeal amendment on the March 8, 2022 ballot to overturn single member districts and return to countywide voting, so they and their friends can stay in power. They cleverly worded their amendment to ask for a YES vote, along with the YES for the School tax.
They redistricted the county in 2021, as they did in 2019, to gerrymander the districts to keep Christian Ziegler in power in District 2, just as they rigged the districts in 2019 to keep Mike Moran in power in District 1. Although they paid a consultant to create maps--and used our taxpayer dollars to do so!--they again surreptitiously favored a map created by the lawyer of the same indicted felon Bob Waechter, who created the 2019 gerrymandered map under a false name. Then after protests from the public, they apparently decided to go with the consultant’s map and simply try to overturn single member districts by placing their deceptive amendment on the ballot March 8 and fool the voters into reverting to countywide elections so they can stay in power.
Is this the way our County should be run?? NO!
The voters should choose their Commissioner, not the Commissioners choose their voters.
VOTE NO! on the Charter Amendment March 8 to return to county-wide voting for Commissioners!!
Don’t be fooled by the messaging of the Commissioners and their power brokers. Keep YOUR power to elect YOUR Commissioner in YOUR district without letting 80% of voters in other parts of the county choose your Commissioner for you. Keep single member districts!
VOTE NO! on the Charter Amendment March 8!!
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