Candidate Statement

Valerie Buchand

Valerie Buchand: Sarasota, FL Housing Authority Resident Commissioner and Candidate for Sarasota County Charter Review Board, District 1, 2014.

Ms. Buchand is a native of Sarasota, Florida and the Newtown Community. She has served on the CRA(Community Redevelopment Agency) Board for Newtown and on the Board of Front Porch, established by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Commissioner Buchand has attended NAAR-SAH conferences from 2010-Present as well as NAHRO, FARHO, NHLC. She has developed a body of knowledge proving her experience in public housing. She has been a strong mentor to many community leaders around the country.

She was the chairwoman and creator of the Janie Poe Task Force.

Her organizations with her leadership have received grants from the City of Sarasota Neighborhood Development Office twice each year.

The Resident Council Leader Buchand is a successful partner with the Unitarian Universalist Church, Dollar Dynasty, Town Hall Restaurant, Michael's Corporation and IRM, Community Bible Church, Hedges Pharmacy, All Faiths Food Bank, Randall Beauty School.

Ms. Buchand would be a fantastic asset to the Sarasota County Charter Review Board.