LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Vanessa Baugh, a businesswoman and community activist in Lakewood Ranch, on Thursday launched a bid to unseat fellow Republican Donna Hayes from the Manatee County Commission in next year's elections.
Baugh, 57, said the commission and county government need a change.
"This means that we must have a commission that will look at the issues with a new pair of eyes, challenging and changing the way of doing county business," Baugh said at a news conference.
Hayes, who was first elected in 2004, announced in February that she would be seeking a third term in the 2012 election as the commission from District 5.
District 5 encompasses East Manatee, including Lakewood Ranch.
So far, Hayes and Baugh are the only announced candidates in 2012 race.