SARASOTA- The 2020 County Commission race kicks off with former Sarasota Mayor Fredd Atkins filing to run in District one. Atkins served three terms for the City of Sarasota, and is known for establishing Sarasota Bay as a National Estuary Destination, and helping build the Robert L. Taylor Complex.

He is running for the seat currently held by Mike Moran. If elected he would be the first African American Male to serve on the Sarasota County Commission. Atkins says with the county moving to single member districts there is a better chance for him to be elected.

 “This is the most opportune time for a Democrat historically to be elected to the Sarasota County Commission in the last 50 years,” Atkins said. “I’m a proven commodity, I’m born and raised here in Sarasota, I’ve been an outstanding representative of the people of Sarasota County all my life, and I think this is the greatest opportunity to reach into the county’s history and bring it forth because there are some issues that should have been resolved 20-30 years ago when I was on the city commission.”

Sarasota County plans to re-district ahead of the 2020 election, so it’s unclear if District one could change before the election.