Candidate Statement

Stan Zimmerman (incumbent)

Stan Zimmerman is a candidate for the Sarasota City Commission to represent District Three. He came to Saraosta in 1975, and began his life-long career in journalism as a radio news reporter for WSPB-am. He has since reported for radio and television stations and networks, newspapers, magazines and electronic news services.

Of Stan’s 40 years in journalism, 25 were spent in Sarasota. He has served in a variety of community leadership positions. He was twice elected chairman of the Sarasota Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations, after reviving his Alta Vista Neighborhood Association from dormancy. He was elected to the board of directors of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron for six consecutive years. And he was appointed to the Southwest Florida Regional Harbor Board for a five-year term.

As chairman of the city neighborhood coalition, Stan encouraged voter support of a bond referendum to build the city’s new police station. Earlier he organized neighborhood support to create today’s Payne Park from an empty wasteland. And during his service on the regional harbor board, Stan laid the groundwork for today’s city mooring field at the bayfront.

Stan lives in a 1926 house near Payne Park with Myriam Springuel, his wife of 28 years. Their son Tristan is a graduate of Sarasota High School and Carleton College in Minnesota, and he now serves as a United States naval officer. Stan is a veteran of the United States Army, a paratrooper and jumpmaster who served in a special operations unit in Germany during the Cold War.

Stan is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, and has a Master of Arts in Journalism from The American University in Washington, DC. He spent a decade in Washington covering Congress, the Pentagon and the world’s navies as editor of the weekly Navy News. Stan’s books include Submarine Design for the 21st Century, Submarine Technology for the 21st Century, Cruising (with) Class, and A History of Smuggling in Florida. He is a frequent speaker to historical and genealogical societies, and teaches elements of Florida history at the Lifelong Learning Academy on the USF/Sarasota-Manatee campus.

During his career, Stan has won several awards for his journalism. They include awards from the Florida Press Association (2009, 2010 and 2012), the National Press Club (1990), the Society of Professional Journalists (1980) and a medal from the United States Naval Institute (1996). The FPA awards were for investigative reporting, in-depth reporting and editorial writing.