CONA’s Oct. 8 meeting to focus on County Commission races and proposed change to single-member districts for the commission

Session to be held at Sarasota Garden Club

Image from the CONA website

All candidates competing on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot for Sarasota County Commission districts have been invited to participate in the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) forum on Oct. 8, the nonprofit organization has announced.

During that session, speakers also will address a ballot initiative “of particular interest to county voters,” a CONA news release says.

The forum will be divided into two panel discussions, the release adds. The first will feature Jack Brill and Dan Lobeck in a discussion of a proposed Sarasota County Charter amendment that would change the form of county government from at-large representation to single-member-districts, the release says.

The second panel will combine County Commission candidates Ruta Maria Jouniari and Christian Zieglerinthe District 2 race with Wesley Anne Beggs and Alan Maio of the District 4 race.

Written questions may be submitted in advance or at the meeting, the release notes. As time allows, those questions may be posed after the questions asked by the moderator, the release adds.

Candidates for any races on the Nov. 6 ballot are welcome to attend the social before the meeting, so they may talk with voters and distribute literature and yard signs, even if they are not scheduled as members of a panel, the release points out. Information about initiatives appearing on the ballot also may be provided to attendees, to inform voters.

The meeting will open with brief neighborhood updates about several issues: Chris Bales will speak on Arbor Lake Preserve; Ben Cannon, on the Bath and Racquet Club; Sura Kochman, on Siesta Promenade; and Tom Matrullo, on the Celery Fields.

See for more information about CONA.

The meeting will be held at the Sarasota Garden Club, which is located at 1131 Boulevard of the Arts in downtown Sarasota. The building may be reached from the Van Wezel Way intersection with U.S. 41; it is south of the Municipal Auditorium.