Critical Times

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The Democratic Primary will take place on
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Margaret Good, Democrat

Good is an associate with the law firm of

Matthews Eastmoore. She received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she also received Book Awards in Legislation & Regulation, Growth Management, Legal Research & Writing, and Electronic Discovery. 


Margaret serves on the Board of Governors for The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, as well as on the boards of the Sarasota County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She is the treasurer of the Judge John M. Scheb Inn of Court and is a member of the Manatee County Bar Association and the Junior League of Sarasota. She is an avid, passionate runner and promotes the sport as a member of the Manasota Track Club Board of Directors.

Ruta Jouniari, Democrat

Jouniari, a Sarasota businesswoman and community activist, earned a B.S. in Finance and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. She began her career with Aetna U.S. Healthcare, developing markets in Boston and Tampa. 


In 2004, disenchanted with the insurance industry, Journiari founded her own company, ISG, Inc., an international staffing company works with the federal government to place veterans in good jobs that allow them to utilize their specialized skills. Her experience in the healthcare arena motivated her to co-found the Universal Crescent Clinic, a 501 c3 nonprofit, that provides free medical care to people without insurance. Ruta currently serves on the organization’s board of directors and volunteers at the clinic on Saturdays.

The General Election takes place on Tuesday, February 13.  Polls will be open from 7am-7pm.

James Buchanan, Republican

James Buchanan, son of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan and founder of James Buchanan Realty on Longboat Key, had filed to run for the District 71 House Seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Boyd.  However, he faced a well-financed challenger in Bradenton attorney Will Robinson.   (As of 9/11/17 Robinson showed $222,500 in campaign contributions; including a $100,000 personal loan to his campaign.)  


Shortly after Miller announced her resignation, Buchanan announced that he would run for the District 72 seat instead.  The District 72 seat includes much of northern Sarasota County, while the District 71 is mainly in Manatee County (but does include Longboat Key, Lido Key, downtown Sarasota and the Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores neighborhood). While Buchanan does not live in District 72, he’s allowed to run and then move into the district to represent it if he wins.   He had already raised over $163,000 for the District 71 contest that he can now apply to this race.


Alison Foxall, Libertarian

Alison Foxall, a Libertarian, has also filed to run for the District 72 seat.   Foxall is the co-founder of Gobble Logic, a digital marketing agency. She received her BFA in Mass Communications from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa and is a graduate of Booker High School. Foxall was recently elected to the Libertarian Party of Florida’s Director At-Large position and was a national field director for Gov. Gary Johnson and Gov. Bill Weld in their run for the White House in 2016.


District 72 is home to just 389 registered Libertarians, and out of 123,821 registered voters, 31,541 are registered without a political party or with a third party, while 52,330 are registered as Republicans (42%) and 39,950 are registered as Democrats (32%).