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Venice elects a new mayor Ron Feinsod

The Sarasota County locality had three open seats.

An odd-numbered year still means elections in Venice.

With early votes in for the race, Ron Feinsod narrowly winning over City Councilman Bob Daniels and blogger Frankie Abbruzzino.

That’s somewhat surprising given Daniel’s history running in the city and Abbruzzino’s notoriety thanks to his watchdog blog, The Scoop.

Feinsod promised a balanced approach to development and a fiscal conservative agenda with the city budget.

“I love Venice, but I feel that what made Venice the paradise that I fell in love with is beginning to disappear,” he writes on his campaign website.

“I first came to Venice in 2002 and became a permanent resident about 5 years ago.The small town ‘feel’ is being lost to overbuilding and under investing in our infrastructure.  Let’s find the balance between protecting the environment we all love and growth that meets our needs now and in the future.”

Daniels in 2016 was elected to a third term on the Venice City Council. He represents the city on the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council.

Feinsod finished the night wth 3589 votes, or 39.1 percent, to Daniels’ 3,497, of 40.1 percent. Abbruzzino trailed far behind with 1,865 votes.

With three open seats on the City Council, the Sarasota County municipality held important elections Tuesday night.

Two seats were also up for election on the Council.

For Seat 5, Nick Pachota defeated Debbie Sanacore with 4,500 votes to 4,377 votes.

One of the youngest candidates to run in the city’s history, the candidate’s family has roots in the community owning such restaurant’s as Fins and Sharkey’s. His campaign site promises he will promote sustainable growth.

In the Seat 6 election, Joe Neunder had a solid victory of 4,960 votes to Tim Brady‘s 3,871 votes.

Like other winning candidates, Neunder promised to support reasonable growth policies.

“As a 30 year resident of Sarasota County, I have known and loved the City of Venice. It is a singularly unique place to grow up, live and now raise my family,” he writes on his website.

“It is imperative that we have strong leadership to preserve our home both now and for future generations. Over the next 6 months I look forward to hearing your ideas and concerns along with sharing my goals for this wonderful place we call home.”

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Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at

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