Republican Christian Ziegler this week announced he was endorsed by Gov. Rick Scott in his campaign for the District 2 seat on the Sarasota County Commission.
“I’m proud to endorse Christian Ziegler for the Sarasota County Commission. Christian is a friend, a life-long principled conservative, tireless advocate for Sarasota County and he is committed to championing an economic environment in Sarasota County that is focused on creating good paying jobs” Scott said.
“I have no doubt that with his past business experience and as a small business owner himself, Christian understands the importance of a strong local economy, and the residents of Sarasota County would benefit greatly from his service on the Sarasota County Commission. I have also had the opportunity to get to know Christian’s family and they are truly devoted to Sarasota County.”
Ziegler is running to replace Paul Caragiulo on the commission, who said earlier this year he would not run for re-election.
He currently faces Republican Alexandra Coe and Democrat Ruta Jouniari in the race. Both candidates tried their hand in the recent HD 72 special election, though Coe did not qualify for the ballot.
Ziegler, a GOP state committeeman and former aide to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, leads in the early phase of the race with about $23,000 raised for his campaign (and remember this race limits contributions to $200)
“I’m incredibly honored and humbled to have received the endorsement from Florida Governor Rick Scott. Under Governor Scott’s leadership, the economy in the State of Florida has achieved an impressive economic turnaround and our state is much better off because of his service,” Ziegler said.
“If elected, I will work each day to ensure that Sarasota County becomes the #1 county in Florida for taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money, workers to secure a good paying job, entrepreneurs to launch their own venture, business owners to expand their business and residents to achieve their American Dream.”
The primary election is Aug. 28, and the general election is Nov. 6.