Baugh represents District 5 covering east part of county
MANATEE -- Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh announced her intention to run for re-election to the District 5 seat at Tuesday's commission meeting.
In response to comments made by Corie Holmes, who is running for the District 1 commission seat in 2016, Baugh said: "I will be filing for re-election, but I have not yet."
Baugh, a Republican, was elected in 2012 and would be running for a second term.
Baugh represents District 5, which includes Lakewood Ranch and Myakka City.
"I am considering a run for re-election because we have accomplished quite a bit in District 5 and Manatee County as a whole since 2012," Baugh said. "However, we still have a ways to go."
Baugh said while she plans to make a decision soon.
"I will have a plan of action of how to move forward for the next four years for the community," she said. "I am sure that I will run for re-election. ... You want to make a difference in quality of life for Manatee County."
Three other Manatee County Commission seats are up for re-election in 2016:
The District 1 seat, which includes Parrish and north county, held by Larry Bustle, who has filed for re-election. Nathaniel Leonard and Holmes have also filed for the seat in 2016.
The District 3 seat, which includes West Bradenton and Anna Maria Island, held by John Chappie, who has filed for re-election.
The District 7 at-large seat held by Betsy Benac, board chairwoman. She has not filed for re-election.
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter@Claire_Aronson.