SARASOTA — With all 101 precincts reporting results, the field is now set for the November general election for seats on the Sarasota County Commission.
Republicans Alan Maio and Christian Ziegler, and Democrat Wesley Anne Beggs all bested their opposition in Sarasota County’s primary election to advance to the November general election.
In a rematch of the 2014 primary election for the District 4 County Commission seat, Maio, the incumbent, accumulated 28,663 votes to defeat fellow Republican Lourdes Ramirez, who garnered 14,289 votes. In percentages, Maio captured 66.73 percent of the vote to Ramirez’ 33.27 percent.
Maio will now face Beggs in the November general election.
Beggs easily defeated fellow Democrat Mike Consentino.
Beggs received 23,765 votes or 67.29 percent to Consentino’s 11,550 votes or 32.71 percent.
Attempts to reach both Maio on Tuesday evening was unsuccessful.
Beggs responded late Tuesday to the win.
"First and foremost, I would like to thank Mike Cosentino for his dedication to the people of Sarasota County," she said. "Like myself, Mike entered this race to ensure that we are represented well at all levels of government."
She said she has been "overwhelmed" by the support and believes the campaign has built up a lot of momentum.
"This win belongs to every single person who donated their time, energy, and vote to a better future for this county. I know we can win this November because I believe in our collective ability to create the change we need," she said.
In the District 2 race to replace Commissioner Paul Caragiulo, who chose not to run for a second term, Ziegler easily bested Alexandra Coe, capturing 29,945 votes or 68.38 percent to Coe’s 13,844 votes or 31.62 percent.
Ziegler had received Caragiulo’s endorsement for the seat last December when the incumbent announced his intention to forgo a second term on the County Commission.
Ziegler will now face Democrat Ruta Maria Jouniari, who had no primary opposition, in November’s general election.
According to Sarasota County Elections Supervisor Ron Turner, during the early voting period turnout in the county was high with 18 percent of the registered voters casting their ballot in advance of Election Day.
His office had mailed almost 70,000 vote-by-mail ballots, and, by this past Saturday, 42,814 ballots had been returned.
In a statement to the Sun^p, Turner indicated the strong turnout for early voting was due to the number of races on the ballot.
According to final results on the supervisor of elections’ website, 31.73 percent of the county’s 313,824 registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary.
By email late Tuesday afternoon, Turner said the county had not experienced any difficulties with the election.