Candidates Recommended for Election


Representatives of the Manatee Association of REALTORS® have met with screened candidates seeking election to county commission, school board, and sheriff.

The candidates listed below have been recommended for election.

We urge you to consider supporting these candidates in the pirmary, August 14th, and in the general election, November 6th.  They have been found to identify strongly with those issues important to our industry.

If at all possible, we urge you not only to vote for these candidates, but to become involved in their campaigns as well.


  • County Commission – District 1: Lawrence E. Bustle, Jr. (REP)
  • County Commission – District 5: Venessa Baugh (REP)
  • County Commission – District 7: Betsy Benac (REP)
  • Manatee County School Board – District 2: Robert Moates (NON)
  • Manatee County School Board – District 4: Bob Gause (NON)
  • Sheriff: W. Brad Steube (REP)
  • Supervisor of Elections: Mike Bennett (REP)

Manatee Association of REALTORS, Inc.
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Bradenton, Florida 34211
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