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Government Affairs & Endorsed Candidates

The Building Industry Association’s (BIA) Government Affairs Committees (GA) monitors the agenda/actions of our County and City commissioners as well as the building and planning departments. The committee is responsible to review any issues of concern to the association and of the building industry.

The BIA GA committee also works with both (FHBA) Florida Home Builders Association and (NAHB) National Association of Home Builders and other local organizations regarding issues that impact the construction industry.

The GA committees meet monthly to discuss any issues and make recommendations to the BIA’s Board of Directors for any action or statements by the BIA.

The following are those candidates that your Manatee-Sarasota BIA Board of Directors have endorsed as of 8.15.18, believing they will represent our ideals:


Senate - Rick Scott ENDORSED

Congressional District 16 – Vern Buchanan ENDORSED

Congressional District 17 - Greg Steube ENDORSED


Gubernatorial – Adam Putnam ENDORSED

Senate District 23 – Joe Gruters ENDORSED

House District 71 – Will Robinson ENDORSED

House District 72 – Ray Pilon ENDORSED

House District 74 – James Buchanan ENDORSED

Manatee County Commission:

District 4 - Misty Servia ENDORSED

District 6 At Large - Carol Whitmore ENDORSED

Manatee County School Board (NPA):

District 4 - Scott Hopes ENDORSED

District 5 - John Colon ENDORSED

Sarasota County Commission:

District 2 – Christian Ziegler ENDORSED

District 4 - Al Maio ENDORSED

Sarasota County School Board (NPA):

District 1 - Bridget Ziegler ENDORSED

District 5 – Jane Goodwin ENDORSED

To find out how you can register or to locate your polling place, go to the Supervisor of Elections website for Sarasota or Manatee Counties.

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