Three contested seats made for heated 2018 election on LBK

Incumbent Ed Zunz narrowly held on to his District 5 seat in 2018 against challenger Randy Langley with a vote of 1,409 to 1,297 in the March Commission election.

Zunz did not win in Manatee County, but made up the difference in Sarasota County. In Manatee County, Zunz earned a total of 451 to Lagley’s 503 votes, and in Sarasota County Zunz received 958 votes to Langley’s 794. Langley will be in the race again for the At-Large seat in the March 2019 election against Mike Haycock.

Incumbent Irwin Pastor retained his seat on the commission, with a commanding victory over Jack Wilson earning 1,828 votes in support of Pastor to Wilson’s 731 votes for the At-Large District seat.

Ken Schneier also emerged victorious in winning the District 3 commission race against John Weber. Schneier received 1,632 votes to Weber’s 856.

Also approved by voters was the adoption of a new 2018 Charter, which passed with 1,473 voting in support and 1,210 opposed. Sarasota County voters were the deciding factor in its approval with 1,032 voting for the Charter and 725 opposed. Manatee County voters opposed the new Charter with 485 voting against it, and 441 in support.

The other issue on the ballot was the question of allowing the issuance of $5.895 million in bonds to finance the construction and renovation of both Fire Stations. That measure passed with 1,790 voting in favor and 988 opposed. Both counties supported the Fire Station referendum. The turnout on Longboat Key was 44.7 percent, with a total of 2,815 ballots cast out of the potential 6,301 registered voters.

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