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In an election season characterized by widespread uncertainty, Americans are absolutely sure about one thing: politicians who only look out for the special interests need to go. That's why I need your support.

I'm running for County Commission because we need a local, dependable leader. We need someone who not only knows how to get things done, but someone who is going to put the citizens of Sarasota County first. I've been doing just that for over thirty years, and I have what it takes to create good paying jobs and intelligent growth and development.

This election couldn't be more important. Please join our team by making a contribution and signing up to volunteer. I can't thank you enough for your help.



Friday, November 4, 2016 12:11 AM

Republican Rejects Development

The following was originally published as a letter to the editor in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on November 2nd:


I am a Republican who will soon alter that to become independent. I once voted my entire ballot as a loyal, card-carrying Republican would. No more.

On Election Day, regarding the local part of the ticket, I am voting Democratic for the County Commission and voting all judges out — anyone who is a known quantity.

I intend to give someone else a chance. Why you ask? I am angry.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:00 AM

Fredd Atkins is repeating history to make history

After a lifetime in local politics, the Newtown native aims to be the first Democrat elected to the Sarasota County Commission in 46 years.

Friday, September 30, 2016 2:45 PM

Moran Drops Out of Debates

Once again, Mike Moran, the Republican candidate for County Commission, has refused to debate Fredd Atkins. Just this week, he rejected an invitation to a debate hosted by the Sarasota League of Women Voters. This development comes after he publicly agreed to participate in more debates at the Sarasota Tiger Bay Forum on September 15th. Moran has also dropped out of a public Forum hosted by the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations. 

These shocking developments are clear representations of how Mike Moran views his responsibility to the people. Fredd will continue to reach out to voters and is ready to debate the serious issues at stake in this election. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016 8:09 AM

We were on TV!

This past Wednesday, Fredd was invited down to Channel 7 studios to discuss the state of public housing in Sarasota County.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:00 PM


Along with the rest of the country, the carnage in Orlando left me angry and in complete disbelief. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and sense of loss that so many friends and families are now being forced to deal with. 

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