Ron Turner was elected Supervisor of Elections in Sarasota County on November 8, 2016. Supervisor Turner began his career with the Sarasota County elections office as chief of staff, a position he held from 2011 until his election.
Formerly, Turner served as executive director for Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, as vice president for governmental issues of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and as deputy chief of staff and district director for United States Congressman Vern Buchanan.
Turner began his public service career, at the age of 23, as a city council member and deputy mayor for the City of Arcadia, and later served as supervisor of elections in DeSoto County, Florida.
A native Floridian, Turner earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Missouri’s Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs. He is an alumnus of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he completed its Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He is a nationally Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) through the Elections Center.
Turner has been very involved in the community since moving to Sarasota County in 2001. He serves on the board of directors of First Step of Sarasota, is a graduate of Leadership Sarasota County, and is a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Turner is a proud veteran of the United States Army.