Tampa Bay, Fl
On August 18th, the Republican citizens of Manatee County have an awesome responsibility.
Only the Republican Party has nominated candidates for the County Commission at large District 7 seat. What that means, is that whoever wins the primary election becomes the new District 7 County commissioner at large.
There are two candidates running for this office one is George Kruse the other, Ed Hunzeker the former Manatee County Administrator, a position he held for 12 years. Hunzeker retired, under a bit of duress actually, from his position as County Administrator commenting that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Then he filed for the County Commission District 5 seat and the current incumbent for District 7 was apparently encouraged not to run for another term, and Hunzeker switched his seat and decided to run for the District 7 at-large position.
Hunzeker is supported by the big developers, builders and those who do business with them. This entire effort appears to be an obvious attempt to put the big developers in command of Manatee County.
Some may mistakenly think this is a battle between two Republicans and who is the most conservative, but it is not.
It's a battle for the control of the Manatee County Commission and whether or not the elected commissioners, and the currently appointed County administrator will be responsible for what happens in Manatee County or Ed Hunzeker, and the big developers will be totally in command.
Hunzeker still has many allies and supporters working in the Manatee County government from his run as County Administrator. Loyalties will be divided. The current administrator, who is not a strong or confident leader will find her ability to lead quickly eroded as Hunzeker bypasses her to deal directly with staff.
It will be difficult for her to maintain administrative control of the Manatee County organizational structure with Ed Hunzeker on the County Commission in the District 7 at-large seat. He will probably soon be seated as the chair of the County Commission looking over her shoulder.
There will be no contest in the general election, the winner of the primary on August 18th becomes the new District 7 commissioner at large.
There's only one person standing in Hunzeker’s way at this point and that person is George Kruse. Kruse, whose basic career background is in commercial real estate finance is the other candidate in the primary race.
While George Kruse is more than qualified to serve as the District 7 Manatee County commissioner at large, more importantly, Kruse’s election to the District 7 seat will ensure that the separation of powers that make these County governments work remains in place.
From the Kruse Campaign Facebook Page:
I will return both transparency and your collective voice to our local government. Too many people in Manatee County feel they have lost a voice in the decision-making process. As a private citizen outside of government myself, I will ensure that we bring discussions out in the public and that everyone in our community is afforded a Bill of Rights to be heard and respected. I believe in open dialogue, fair representation and opportunity for all through
If you are interested in who will be running Manatee County if Ed Hunzeker wins the primary, check out my Post 149,469 Disenfranchised Voters in The Manatee County Commissioner At Large Race and scroll down. Look at the campaign donors’ names and affiliations. Not sure about my data? Go to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections site and look at the campaign-finance reports for yourself.
This County Commission election is too important to pass up. Be sure you vote.
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