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Representative for District 71
Covers Western Manatee County, a small sliver of the City of Sarasota that faces the bay, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.

Will Robinson (Republican)

Robinson, describes himself as a “fiscal conservative” with a platform based on “commonsense principles.” Robinson, who was born and raised in Manatee County, works

as a partner with the Blalock Walters law firm and serves on the Manatee Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors. Robinson does not list any issues on his election website. He describes himself as an “economy-focused” legislator. Robinson also describes himself as an environmentalist but has voted against banning plastic straws and sunblock. His donor list includes Mosaic, Big Sugar, BigTobacco, and oil and gas interests. He voted for school vouchers and for corporate income taxreductions. He supported legislation that makes it very difficult to get citizen initiatives on the ballot.

He received an A grade from the Koch-run Americans for Prosperity libertarian advocacy group and a

100% rating from Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future which pushes school vouchers and

school choice.

Representative for District 72:
Covers Northern Sarasota County

Fiona McFarland (Republican)

McFarland recently moved to the Manasota area from New York City to launch her career in politics in the District 72 race. MacFarland won ac close three-way Republican primary beating the second runner-up by 1%. She comes from a politically connected family with her mother, K. T. McFarland, having served as President Trump’s deputy national security advisor and earlier as a Fox News national security analyst. After graduating from the Naval Academy and serving eight years in the Navy, McFarland worked as a consultant with McKinsey and Company in global business management. She currently lives in Manatee County, outside of District 72. McFarland does

not list any issues or priorities on her election website but in various videos she calls herself “a principled conservative putting service above self.” She says she will stand with our governor and commander in chief in reopening the economy. McFarland calls for a strong economy and limited government. As of September, McFarland has raised over $254,700, but had spent almost all of it to win the primary.

Representative for District 73:
District 73 spans from the Manatee-Hillsborough county line south to State Road 72 in Sarasota County, flanking Interstate 75 in Manatee to include Ellenton and other areas and staying east of I-75 in Sarasota County.

Tommy Gregory (Republican)

Gregory, 46, served in the Air Force for 20 years and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel before

retiring from the military in 2014 and joining the Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen law firm.

Since moving to the area, he has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, St. Martha

Catholic School and the Sarasota Republican Club. His plan for Florida includes banning sanctuary

cities and enforcing illegal immigration laws, fighting crime to keep our kids and schools safe, creating

jobs by cutting taxes and reducing regulation, keeping our beaches and coasts clean and pristine, and protecting our constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms and protecting the unborn. Gregory continues to enjoy support from high-dollar donors and PACs, raising over $137,000 to fund his campaign. Among others, he has collected $1,000 checks from the Committee of Florida Agents, The Doctors Company Florida PAC, Comcast, Frontier, Florida Beer Wholesalers, Neal Land and Neighborhoods, Inc., and FCCI Insurance Group.

Representative for District 74:
District 74 encompasses the communities of Nokomis, Venice, North Port and Englewood in southern Sarasota County, and eastern Sarasota County south of Clark Road.

James Buchanan (Republican)

The son of Vern Buchanan, James has been a real estate agent since 2006, and a broker and small business owner in Sarasota County since 2009. He has served in the Florida House of Representatives for the previous 2 years. Buchanan holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University with a Double Major in Finance and Entrepreneurship. His priority issues are keeping taxes low, preserving

water quality, supporting first responders and fighting for small business. He is a supporter of charter schools. As of September, he had raised over $127,000 from PACs and large dollar contributions.

DISTRICT 71 Candidate Websites:

Will Robinson:

DISTRICT 72 Candidate Websites:

Fiona McFarland:

DISTRICT 73 Candidate Websites:

Tommy Gregory:

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