At large Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore received more than twice the votes as her opponent Sundae Knight in the Nov. 2 election.
“I’m shocked at the results, but thank goodness it’s over,” Whitmore said. “I ran a clean campaign, and I’m happy. I’ll keep up the hard work.”
Whitmore’s tally was 70,025 to Knight’s 31,656. She will be serving her second four-year term.
rowing facility at Lakewood Ranch that will be used by teams from all over the world, and Rex Jensen of Lakewood Ranch is building 20 soccer fields. These will attract visitors and promote business.”
Whitmore said she also is working with Blake Medical Center to establish a Level II trauma center and with Manatee Hospital to establish a residency program for LECOM students.
In Holmes Beach, incumbents Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti were the high vote getters.
“I thank everyone for supporting me, and I’ll continue to work hard for the citizens and the city,” Haas-Martens said. “I plan to keep our services for our citizens without raising taxes,”
“I find myself with relief, yet with a renewed sense of responsibility, upon having been re-elected to a third term,” Monetti said. “I must thank my wife, without whose continued support I could never find the necessary time to balance my commitments to my family, my community and my work.
“Of course, my greatest thanks goes to the citizens of Holmes Beach, who so strongly recognized my past efforts on their behalf by allowing me to continue to serve them and provide that common sense approach toward the position.”
Haas-Martens received 1,200 votes, Monett received 1,123 votes and challenger Jean Peelen received 626 votes. Haas-Martens, who retired in 1995 as a bank vice president and branch manager, has been a city commissioner since 1998, and Monetti, who is general manager of the Columbia restaurant on St. Armands Circle, was elected to the commission in 2006.
“I anticipate that the greatest challenge facing the commission over the next term will be budgetary challenges based on current economic conditions,” Monetti continued. “I must stress, though, that we are fortunate in Holmes Beach to be on very solid ground, and I have utmost confidence in our abilities to continue to provide exceptional service to our citizens.”
Haas-Martens, Monetti and Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, who had no opposition, will be sworn in at 8 a.m. on Nov. 15.