Sarasota and Manatee Republican candidates rally support

Hundreds of Sarasota and Manatee county conservatives gathered at Robarts Arena on Saturday to rally support for local Republican candidates ahead of the Aug. 23 primary election.

Manatee County Republican Party Chairman Steve Vernon said it was important that voters vote Republican, regardless of the candidate.

“We want to make sure everyone can talk to each candidate, get to know them a bit, get their brochures, and then decide which candidate you vote for,” Vernon said. “And then after that, wherever and whomever, we come and support them.”

Steve Vernon speaks at the Sarasota and Manatee Republican Party candidate rally at Robarts Arena in Sarasota on Saturday.

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Senator Marco Rubio closed the rally and sounded the alarm for residents to show up and vote in the upcoming elections. He warned voters against Democratic leaders and an evolving Democratic Party.

“The choice is between common sense and complete and utter madness that threatens to destroy the greatest country in the world,” Rubio said.

Rubio said it was time to put America first.

“We have to save America,” Rubio said. “Unlike people around the world, we have no choice. We have nowhere to go. »

The Sarasota and Manatee Republican parties are holding a candidate rally at Robarts Arena in Sarasota on Saturday.

Throughout his speech, Rubio mentioned the party’s growing concern over “indoctrination” in education, a common talking point for school board members on Saturday.

Sarasota County School Board nominees Robyn Marinelli, Bridget Ziegler and Tim Enos, all of whom have been endorsed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, are hoping to flip the seats on the nonpartisan school board.

“We need common-sense conservatives,” Ziegler said. “Like I say, I’m fighting for my kids, and I’m fighting for their generation and the future of this country because we’re at a tipping point.”

Bridget Ziegler speaks at the Sarasota and Manatee Republican Party candidate rally at Robarts Arena in Sarasota on Saturday.

Sarasota resident Barbara Shelton is a Sarasota County Republican constituency member. She said her main goal was to ensure a Conservative candidate was elected.

Although she said she doesn’t have children, Shelton said as a taxpayer, the issue of education is important to everyone, not just parents or grandparents. .

“What do we get our money for?” Shelton said.

Shelton said this year’s vetting process for school board nominees is much more extensive. They want to make sure whoever gets elected is actually a Tory and isn’t sitting on the sidelines pointing fingers, she said.

Nancy Bent, a resident of Nokomis, said the Democratic and Republican parties are guilty of inaction on voter concerns.

“They come in and just sit there,” Bent said. “We don’t want people to make a career out of it.

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