Sarasota County, FL - Board of Elections

Candidate Statement

Tramm Hudson

Tramm Hudson, 63, currently serves on the unpaid 9-member Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, At-Large Seat 2, fulfilling the unexpired term of a board member who resigned in 2015.

Hudson is a retired Sarasota banker, U.S. Army officer and well known community leader who has spent almost 30 years sharing his executive expertise in finance, economic development and strategic planning with a number of organizations in the Sarasota-Manatee region. He is chairman of the Hospital Board's Investment Committee.

“The hospital plays a vital role in our community and our lives. I’ve lived here for 30 years and have a deep personal connection to the hospital … my son was born here, my friends and family members have been cared for here. It is one of the reasons Sarasota is such a great place to live and work. The hospital is a community treasure and I support keeping Sarasota Memorial a public hospital.”

A resident of Sarasota since 1986, Hudson has held a number of diverse leadership and advisory positions, including Chairman of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Trustee of Manatee Community College, Chairman of the Out-of-Door Academy, Chairman of the Committee of 100, a past elder in his church, and board member for the United Way, among others. He is currently a director of the Sarasota Family YMCA and is also a director of Trust Companies of America, Inc., owner of Caldwell Trust Company in Venice.

He has been influential in the political arena, serving three terms as chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota County and as a delegate and alternate delegate to the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions. In 2005, he served as chairman of Workforce Florida, the governor-appointed board that oversees labor and job training programs statewide, and in 2006, was a Republican candidate for Congress in Florida's District 13.

A native of Montgomery, Ala., Hudson graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1975 as a distinguished military graduate. He served as a Cavalry officer in Germany for three years and continued in the Army Reserves after his active duty. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel in 1996. He earned an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta. He and his wife of 31 years, Sarah Thompson Hudson, have three grown children and one grandchild with another one on the way this summer.