North Port candidates to appear at League of Women Voters forum

NORTH PORT — Six North Port City Commission candidates will make their case for elected office starting at 5 p.m. Aug. 5 at a Zoom forum hosted by the League of Women Voters.

Though three of the five seats on the city commission are up for election this year, District 3 incumbent Debbie McDowell will face Jerry Nicastro on Nov. 3.

The three candidates vying for District 1 are David Iannotti, Rich Suggs and Nick Trolli. Incumbent Vanessa Carusone cannot run because of term limits.

The District 2 race features two former commissioners who actually served together on the same board — Cheryl Cook and Jacqueline Moore — and newcomer Barbara Langdon.

Incumbent Chris Hanks opted to run for the Sarasota County Commission rather than seek a second term.

The top two vote getters from the Aug. 18 primary will advance to the general election in November.

Moore and Hanks came out as the top two vote-getters in a four-way 2016 primary for District 2 that also included Cook, who finished fourth. Hanks then upended Moore that November.

The 2016 election was the first year when candidates had to live in the districts they represent.

Moore resigned her term in District 4 early to run in her home district.

The League of Women Voters Zoom forum starts at 5 p.m. Visit to register. You must register in order to view the live forum.

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Though social distancing practices prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic have limited some traditional aspects of campaigning, the appeal for financial backing continues. All candidates have raised at least $2,000 in donations, while some — fueled by large donations from either developers or unions — have raised two-to-three times that amount.

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