It is not often that you see democrats and republicans agreeing on the issues. However, across the board, Chambers of commerce and other business minded organizations have gotten behind this upcoming Sarasota County School referendum the issue.

They are unified to continue the work that has been started to increase the quality of education in Sarasota County.  They are committed to economic development and understand that the type of enterprise we attract and grow is connected to our commitment to education.

However this election looks like a case study for the effectiveness of social media. There is a contingent from the Republican Party that dissents on this upcoming school referendum and they are good. They are wordsmiths prolifically contributing to the blogosphere. Try and find great content from other than the school board and you have to dig for it, though it is worth the effort.

This means more than ever, that supporters need to not only vote, but to speak up.  We can’t take for granted that enough people will do the right thing.

AND voting is easy. You don’t have to count on your day going great on the 16th. You have two weeks to get out there and vote and to encourage others to join you in renewing Sarasota County’s commitment to education and economic development.  

Early voting will take place from March 1-14, 2010, at the Supervisor of Elections offices in Sarasota, Venice and North Port. The office will be open for early voting from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. 

Sarasota   Venice
The Terrace Building
101 S. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL  34236
(941) 861-8600Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m
  Robert L. Anderson Administration Center
4000 Tamiami Trail S. Rm 114
Venice, FL  34293
(941) 861-3760Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m
Directions:
The office is located on the first floor of the Terrace Building at the corner of US 301 (Washington Blvd) and Ringling Blvd in downtown Sarasota. Parking is available in the county lot south of the Terrace Building on US 301.
  Directions:
The office is located in the R.L. Anderson Administration Building in south Venice on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) approximately 1 block North of Jacaranda Blvd. Parking is provided in the lot surrounding the building.
     
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North Port
Biscayne Plaza
13640 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL  34287
(941) 423-9540Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m
(closed daily from noon to 1 p.m.)

Directions:
The office is located in
the Biscayne Plaza Shopping
Center at the southwest corner
of US 41 and Biscayne Drive.

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