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Manatee County Elections

Manatee County Elections

With the approach of election year, WSLR is here to provide information regarding the upcoming 2024 elections.

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Below are detailed explanations of the Manatee County offices up for election during the 2024 year. The candidates of each office are also included with a brief description of who they are and what they stand for.

Offices up for Election

Property Appraiser

The Manatee County Property Appraiser estimates the market value of a piece of property. This estimated amount is the basis upon which the property is appraised. Florida law states that every property must be inspected at least once every five years.

Candidates

Charles E. Hackney

Hackney has served Manatee County for over 26 years since his election in 1992. He has over 15 years of private professional real estate appraisal experience, allowing him to be elected in six subsequent election cycles. He is a member and former president of the Florida Association of Property Appraisers. He's also a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers. Hackney accepted an appointment to the Manatee Community College Board of Trustees in 1982 and served for over 20 years as a Director on the Manatee Community College Foundation Board upon the expiration of his term. He was also a former president and board member of the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton and is a member of the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society.

Clerk of The Circuit Court and Controller

The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Controller is responsible for  a wide range of record keeping, information management, and financial administration services.

Their duties include coordinating, scheduling, attending, and keeping records of court hearings and trials. The Clerk is also responsible for processing all civil and criminal cases. They must file indictments, information, and verdicts. When cases are appealed, they are responsible for preparing appellate records.

Candidates

Angelina (Angel) Colonneso

Colonneso currently holds a position as the Clerk of Circuit Court and Controller. She has over 30 years of experience in public service to Manatee County, as she is a lifelong resident. She served as an Assistant State Attorney under Early Moreland for over 11 years. However, most of her years of experience have been with the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Controller. She has served in multiple departments as a deputy clerk. Colonnesa has been a member of the Manatee County Bar Association since 2000, serving as both a director and an officer. She is also a member of the Manatee Memorial Hospital Women's Action Committee, Bradenton Kiwanis Club, Manatee County Historical Commission, and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.

Sheriff

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for providing safety and security to the citizens and visitors of Manatee County.

The duties of the Sheriff’s Office is to provide professional and well-trained law enforcement. The sheriff is also responsible for providing deputies with necessary equipment and administrative support while working to improve procedures and techniques used by law enforcement. The office also oversees education and juvenile programs to ensure that these departments are properly managed.

Candidates

Charles (Rick) Wells

Wells has served as the sheriff of Manatee County since 2017 and is currently serving in his second term. He was the Palmetto Police Department's police chief from 2010 to 2015. He also spent 21 years at Florida Highway Patrol, where he served as sergeant, giving him over 33 years of experience in law enforcement. Wells was named the Manatee County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1991, also receiving the Manatee County Whitey Knutsen Award. He is a recipient of the Unidos Now Visionary Award in 2012, the NAACP Humanitarian Award in 2014, and the Edgar H. Price, Jr. Humanitarian Award in 2016. He is currently the executive director of the Manatee County Police League as well as chair of the Manatee County Law Enforcement Council, and of the Law Enforcement Advisory Council for Manatee Technical College.

County Commissioner (District 1)

The Manatee Board of County Commissioners consists of seven members who serve staggered four-year terms. No commissioner may serve more than two consecutive terms, and elections are held every two years. Commissioners are elected by votes in the district in which they reside. The county commission district map can be found here.

Commissioners are responsible for overseeing Manatee County’s management and administration. They represent the county’s interests at the state and federal level, participating in planning, and managing budgeting and finances.

Candidates

Carol Ann Felts

Felts is a native Floridian who began her career with Allied Industries, working in cost accounting and production planning. She has resided in Manatee County for over 30 years. While living in West Bradenton, she would commute to St. Petersburg in order to explore her career opportunities in auditing and acquisitions for an office equipment dealer. Felts has an interest in agriculture, local politics, and the environment. She is determined to give the citizens of Manatee County a voice and education in the political system.

Jennifer Lynne Hamey

Hamey began her legal career in 1998 as a paralegal before completing law school in 2006. She purchased her own firm with a partner in 2009 and moved to Florida in 2016 to practice law in Manatee, Hillsborough, and Sarasota counties. She is an active member in the Florida Bar Association, Sarasota Bar Association, and Akron Bar Association. She has also spent time with the Summit County Legal Aid Pro Bono program and was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2011. She served on the Akron Bar Association grievance sub-committee from 2015 to 2016. During her time in Ohio, she served as secretary on the board of directors for the Stow Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce. She also served as vice president for the Cloverleaf Music Associates.

James Satcher

Satcher currently holds the District 1 commissioner seat and is running for re-election. Satcher was elected in 2020 and has served as first vice-chairman in 2022. He has also served as chair for several councils and commissions: Manatee County Port Authority, Airport Advisory Commission, Coast and Heartland Estuary Partnership Policy Commission, and Public Safety Coordinating Council. He has held these positions since 2021. In 2022, he began to serve the Canvassing Board and the Environmental Lands Management and Acquisition Advisory Committee.

County Commissioner (District 3)

The Manatee Board of County Commissioners consists of seven members who serve staggered four-year terms. No commissioner may serve more than two consecutive terms, and elections are held every two years. Commissioners are elected by votes in the district in which they reside. The county commission district map can be found here.

Commissioners are responsible for overseeing Sarasota County’s management and administration. They represent the county’s interests at the state and federal level, participating in planning, and managing budgeting and finances.

Candidates

Diana L. Shoemaker

Shoemaker is a longtime Bradenton resident and active community leader. She has over 25 years of experience in community and education program development and services. She has a passion for social justice and leadership, inspired by her mother's work to establish a local nonprofit organization. Shoemaker served as President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Manatee, earning a reputation as a consensus builder, working with representatives and neighborhood residents to create affordable housing in Manatee County.

Talha (Tal) Siddique

Siddique has worked in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Air Force. He is a member of the 2023-2024 class of Leadership Manatee. He currently sits on the veterans' committee and is co-chair of the membership committee for Bradenton Kiwanis. He is a member of Manatee Young Professionals, Lakewood Ranch Young Leaders Alliance, Young Republicans, Manatee County Republican Liberty Caucus, Lakewood Ranch Republican Club, the Elks Lodge, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Alumni Board, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, and Speak Out Manatee.

Kevin C. van Ostenbridge

Ostenbridge was elected to the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners in 2020 and is currently running for re-election. He served as chairman in 2022 and second vice-chairman in 2021. He currently serves Manatee County Port Authority, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Manatee/Sarasota MPO, and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. He is a member of the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce board of directors, transportation and legislative committees, Bradenton Kiwanis Club, and the Republican Executive Committee.

County Commissioner (District 5)

The Manatee Board of County Commissioners consists of seven members who serve staggered four-year terms. No commissioner may serve more than two consecutive terms, and elections are held every two years. Commissioners are elected by votes in the district in which they reside. The county commission district map can be found here.

Commissioners are responsible for overseeing Sarasota County’s management and administration. They represent the county’s interests at the state and federal level, participating in planning, and managing budgeting and finances.

Candidates

Raymond Turner

Turner was appointed to the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners by Gov. Ron DeSantis to take over the unexpired term of former District 5 Commissioner Vanessa Baugh. He is currently running for re-election. Turner has lived in Manatee County for over 20 years and has been an active member in the community. He serves on the Manatee County Planning Commission and is the secretary of the Manatee Sarasota Building Industry Association. Turner is focused on maintaining low taxes in Manatee County while continuing to improve the quality of life for Manatee County residents.

Robert McCann

McCann has been a resident of Manatee County for 17 years. He is a Navy Veteran and a recently retired physician and lawyer. He holds a Master's in Business/Health Care Administration. McCann plans to focus on controlled and sustainable growth, water conservation, and natural source protection.

County Commissioner (District 7)

The Manatee Board of County Commissioners consists of seven members who serve staggered four-year terms. No commissioner may serve more than two consecutive terms, and elections are held every two years. Commissioners are elected by votes in the district in which they reside however District 6 and 7 commissioners are at-large members. The county commission district map can be found here.

Commissioners are responsible for overseeing Sarasota County’s management and administration. They represent the county’s interests at the state and federal level, participating in planning, and managing budgeting and finances.

Candidates

April Culbreath

Culbreath is the current chair of the Manatee County Republican Executive Committee. She has been serving Manatee County since 1997, working as a career law enforcement officer with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. In 2016, she began to volunteer for the Republican Party. She has also served in multiple Manatee County Republican leadership positions. She is focused on restoring conservative principles to the board.

Keith J. Green

Green currently serves on the Bradenton City Planning Commission and previously served on the Manatee County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. He also volunteers for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bradenton.
Green is determined to represent and serve Manatee County and to lead with integrity and accountability.

George W. Kruse

Kruse was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2020 and is now running for re-election. He served as first vice chairman in 2021. He also serves as a member and chairman of the Port Authority. He also serves on the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority, Career Source Suncoast board, Manatee County Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Manatee/Sarasota MPO, Gulf Consortium, Value Adjustment Board, and the City of Bradenton Affordable Housing Advisory Board.

School Board (District 1)

The School Board of Manatee County implements policies for the school district that advance and enhance educational opportunities for students. School board members are also responsible for appointing a school superintendent who directs the day-to-day academic and operational strategies of the school district.

The school board is comprised of five members elected county-wide, and each school board member serves four-year terms on an alternating basis. The school board district map can be found here.

Candidates

Heather Felton

Felton has been involved in the Manatee County education system for nine years before recently leaving in May to pursue a seat on the school board. Since then, she has been volunteering and working as a private tutor. Felton intends to focus on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for students. She believes her experience as a parent, former teacher, and wife of a law enforcement officer makes her a qualified candidate for this position.

Mark Stanoch

Mark Stanoch is running for the District 1 seat for the Manatee County School Board.

West Manatee Fire District (Seat 1)

The West Manatee Fire District Board of Commissioners consists of five seats for individuals to be elected to serve four-year terms.

The commissioners oversee the direction of the West Manatee Fire Rescue Department. They are also responsible for hiring the fire chief and providing the chief with guidance. They are tasked with setting tax milage rates, passing the department’s annual budget, and approving policies and procedures.

Candidates

Lawrence P. Jennis

Jennis currently holds Seat 1 for the West Manatee Fire District's fire commissioners.

To see a complete list of the candidates that have filed to run for Manatee County offices, please visit: https://www.votemanatee.com/Candidate-Information/Local-Candidates-Committees.