Population 2010

379,448

Population 2020

434,006

Registered Voters

352,179

Republicans

151,623

Democrat

103,217

Minor Party

6,644

No Party

90,695

Superintendent of Schools

Treasurer / Tax Collector

County Commission

District 1Michael A. Moran
District 2Christian Ziegler
District 3Nancy C. Detert
District 4, ChairmanAlan Maio
District 5, Vice-ChairmanRon Cutsinger

School Board

Brief Political History

Sarasota County is one of only 20 Florida counties with its own charter, adopted in 1971. Sarasota County is governed by a five-member county commission. Each commissioner serves a four-year term and resides in and represents a single district.

Like most of Southwest Florida, Sarasota County is considered a stronghold for the Republican Party and was one of the first parts of Florida to turn Republican. The last Democratic presidential candidate to win it was Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, although Barack Obama lost it by just 211 votes in 2008. Republicans have historically dominated the county commission and other countywide elected positions. However, the city of Sarasota has an all-Democrat city commission, Democrat Michele Rayner represents a portion of the county in the Florida House of Representatives, and there are two countywide elected Democrats.

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