Candidate Statement

Ray Porter

Ray Porter, a 36-year resident of Sarasota County, has filed paperwork to run for the District 4 seat on the Sarasota County Charter Review Board.
Porter, 58, is a pragmatic, rational, moderate Democrat, with a desire to preserve the board as an elected body. With 20 years of professional journalism experience at the local level, reporting on all divisions of government, including Sarasota County, Porter has gained invaluable insights and knowledge. He offers the voters a newspaper reporter's intellectual tools - curiosity, high ethical standards, and a strong determination to seek and understand all sides of an issue. Learning from government policy makers and staff, and active citizens within the community who questioned their representatives, Ray Porter has gained a balanced perspective that will prove crucial to the future of our county charter board.

Porter also offers voters a devotion to the future success of our local economy. As the father of three young men, ages 24, 16 and 14, Porter wants to help create a healthy business environment that provides high-wage jobs, safe and healthy communities, and a Sarasota we can all continue to be proud to call home.