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"Emergency action": Sarasota a sanctuary city?

In light of expressions made by Run-off candidate Jennifer Ahearn-Koch concerning Sarasota as a sanctuary city, two groups (one in favor and one in opposition) rallied on the first day of early voting in front of the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections office.

 

Minding the 100 feet from the entrance to the polling place, the group All of Us Sarasota held their signs and messages in favor of sanctuary cities as well as the Republican Party of Sarasota held theirs against sanctuary cities and candidate Ahearn-Koch.  


"I believe we need to be human with each other", commented Sarah Hernandez who is with the All of Us Sarasota group.  If we don't respect other people's human dignity then we're not respecting our own".


(Listen to interviews with Ximena Pedroza (All of Us Sarasota), Candidate Martin Hyde and Christian Ziegler (Committeeman with the Republican Party of Sarasota here: https://wslr.org/podcast/sanctuary-cities-interview-with-members-of-the-all-of-us-sarasota-and-the-republican-party-of-sarasota/


Run-off candidate Martin Hyde was also in site with his campaign group.  "I support their cause, but I'm not with them", clarified the candidate.  


"It's important for us to spotlight this issue and make the public aware so they can keep it in mind when they go to the ballot box and they decide who they're gonna be voting for", said Christian Ziegler, State Committeeman for the Republican Party of Sarasota.   


"[I am]150% opposed... Illegal immigrants, I understand  it can be a difficult situation but I'm sorry, we have american citizens we need to look after first", added Zigeler.  


Early voting will take place from May 1st to the 6th from 8:30AM to 4:30PM, while voting day on May 9th will be open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM at the Supervisor of Election's Office (2001 Adams Lane Downtown) 


  


 

The City of Sarasota Run-off Elections will take place on Tuesday, May 9th. Early Voting is from May 1-6.  The three candidates remaining in the race for two at-large City Commission seats are Jennifer Ahearn-Koch, Hagen Brody and Martin Hyde. 

Candidates for the Sarasota City Commission respond to the following question at the Progressive Democratic Caucus/New College Democrats Candidate Forum on Tuesday, March 7th.  


Do the large developers in Sarasota have too much power?  Is Sarasota growing too much, too quickly?

Candidates for the Sarasota City Commission respond to the following question at the Progressive Democratic Caucus/New College Democrats Candidate Forum on Tuesday, March 7th.  


As a City Commissioner would you like to see Sarasota wade into the issue of becoming a Sanctuary City?


Candidates for the Sarasota City Commission elaborate on their positions on Homelessness at the Progressive Democratic Caucus/New College Democrats Candidate Forum on Tuesday, March 7th.