Presentation begins at 11:00 a.m.
Join us for an informational virtual panel discussion about several hot issues revolving around our voting process. Elected officials, Supervisor of Elections, Sarasota County - Ron Turner and Supervisor of Elections, Manatee County - Mike Bennett will discuss ensuring public safety at the polls, the Vote by Mail process, and what else to expect during this election year.
Mr. Bennett took office as Manatee County Supervisor of Elections on January 8, 2013, and was reelected in 2016. Prior to that, he served in the Florida Senate from November 2002 until November 2012, Representing District 21, consisting of Manatee and Lee Counties and parts of Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto Counties. Mr. Bennett served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002. He was involved in chairing and directing Senate committees responsible for building codes, land regulation and other rules and regulations affecting the construction and development industries. Mr. Bennett was a legislator known to be a champion of business, a community leader, and someone who gets things done. He remains committed to those principles.
Currently, in addition to his duties as Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Bennett is a business development consultant with Bright Future Electric. In his spare time he serves on numerous community boards including the SANCA Foundation, the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, Sarasota Teen Court, and the Florida Maritime Museum. Mr. Bennett is an enthusiastic supporter of Mote Marine Laboratory, The Greater Sarasota Sertoma Club, and Southeastern Guide Dogs among others.
Ron Turner was elected Supervisor of Elections in Sarasota County in 2016. Supervisor Turner began his career with the Sarasota County elections office as chief of staff, serving from 2011 until his election. He serves as treasurer of the Florida Supervisors of Elections statewide association (FSE).
In addition to his work as an elections administrator, Turner has extensive governmental and nonprofit leadership experience. 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 for DeSoto County, Florida.
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.