Monday, August 8, 2011

Got a hankering for politics?

No doubt about it, the straw poll that was mailed to Lakewood Ranch registered voters last week is the biggest political news of the week in East Manatee.

Voters are being asked whether Lakewood Ranch should incorporate. They have about two weeks left to get their ballots in to be counted.

The legislative delegations in Manatee and Sarasota will take their cue from straw poll results on whether now is the right time to proceed with a special act to set the stage for cityhood.

Another political story of interest to East Manatee voters is who will replace retiring county commissioner Donna Hayes. Thus far, Vanessa Baugh is the only announced candidate, but Joanne Klement is strongly considering entering the race.

Want more politics in East Manatee? Here are several events that may satisfy your longing:

1. Former Sarasota mayor Kelly Kirschner, an opponent of Arizona-style immigration bills who has joined forces with, will be guest speaker at the Lakewood Ranch Democratic Club monthly meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. The public is invited.

2. Julie Aranibar, Manatee County School Board member,will discuss school board budget and educational services at the Lakewood Ranch Republican Club noon Aug. 19 at the Lakewood Ranch Holiday Inn, 6231 Lake Osprey Drive.

Reservations requested by Aug. 17. Visit or call Dr. Craig Trigueiro’s office at (941) 753-7843. Lunch cost: $20 0r $25 if reservations are made after Aug. 17.

3. The East Manatee Republican Club will meet 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Peridia Golf and Country Club; 4950 Peridia Blvd., Bradenton, for its first meeting of the fall season.

Guests will be Reps. Jim Boyd, Ray Pilon and Greg Steube. Cost of luncheon: $15. Dues: $18 single and $35 a couple. Call Diane Garcia for reservations at 739-3813 or email her at

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