Alpert, Turner heading for City election showdown

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Incumbent Liz Alpert and challenger Terry Turner garnered enough votes to earn a showdown runoff on the Nov. 3 Sarasota City Commission general election.

Turner received slightly more votes than Alpert, earning 30.14 percent of the votes cast. Alpert came in second with 29.13 percent, followed by former County Commissioner Joe Barbetta with 16.11 percent. Next, Martin Hyde received 10.99 percent of the votes, followed by Lido Key resident Jerry Wells with 7.76 percent and Don Patterson with 5.87 percent.

The District 2 seat represents Lido Key, St. Armands Circle, Bird Key, as well as downtown Sarasota.

About 1/3 of registered Sarasota County voters participated in the Aug. 18 primary, voting for both City and County Commission seats, School Board seats, as well as a new Sheriff.

Of registered voters, 48,132 identify as Republicans, 44,650 as Democrats and 13,556 as non-partisan.

Col. Kurt Hoffman overwhelmingly defeated his opponent, Paul Fern. Sheriff Tom Knight is stepping down after 12 years on the job and Hoffman served as Knight’s Chief Deputy and General Counsel. Hoffman received 72.61 percent of the votes and Fern garnered 27.39 percent.

In a three-person race for the District 3 Sarasota City Commission seat, Daniel A. Clermont earned the most votes, 41.66 percent. Erik Arroyo won 30.44 percent and both will advance to the Nov. General Election. Rob Grant came in third place with 27.9 percent of the votes

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