Commission terms could be lengthened


SARASOTA –  City Commissioner terms in Sarasota could be lengthened by new election dates.

The City Commission will have several options to phase in new election dates that could temporarily extend commission terms by 18 months should voters in November choose to change the dates of city elections from March and May of odd years to August and November of even years to put them on par with federal, state, county and district elections.

The “Decide the Date” campaign was launched last year pushing for the shift.

The movement received more support than was necessary , so the referendum will be on the November 6th ballot, to ask voters whether they support moving city elections.

If voters choose to make the shift, one option would extend the term length of district commissioners set to expire in May 2019 by 18 months.

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Kathy Leon
New York born, morning anchor Kathy Leon has lived in Florida more than half her life and Sarasota is truly her home. She joined the Herald-Tribune in 2003 after her son was born, choosing to take a break from TV news after 10 years at Sarasota's WWSB, as a reporter and its first morning anchor. But, after a 10 month break, the opportunity to work together with paper and web reporters lured her back. She’s almost done it all; Weekend anchor, morning anchor, executive producer and even a weather forecaster! Along the way Kathy won an Associated Press award for Best Sports story, as well as five others for hard news. Still as a wife, and working mom of 2, she’s always striving to find the right balance. And, with all the resources Sarasota has to offer the hardest part is taking advantage of it all. Contact Kathy at


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