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Commissioner Nora Patterson Will Not Seek Reelection

The long-serving Patterson says this will be her last term.

After 24 years of public service in city and county government, Sarasota County Commission Chair Nora Pattterson says she will retire after her current term ends in 2014.

Patterson was elected to the Sarasota City Commission in 1991, and then re-elected.

In 1998 she was elected to the Sarasota County Commission, winning her fourth term in 2010.

“After this term, I figured it would be my last,” she said. Patterson hinted at her decision during last week’s debate over a charter change .

While voters approved a two-term limit several years ago, a local circuit judge ruled it unconstitutional. A ruled terms limits are constitutional, and a final decision is expected by the Florida Supreme Court.

“I thought it an appropriate time to let folks know,” she told Patch. “The decision has taken some stress away.”

Patterson said she considered not running last year. “But I always wanted to walk away when the county was in a good place,” she said. With county revenues plummeting 38 percent, Patterson decided her experience and conservative financial instincts were still needed.

With , and real estate values beginning to stabilize, she hopes by 2014 county government will return to an even keel and allow for her graceful departure.

“It is not an easy job,” she said. “We put in long hours and it’s stressful.”

bob k November 21, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Great news ! We need new blood at the commission, and most of the other offices in this county.
John Scolaro November 21, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Yeah, I heard her say that. I didn't hear her take her oath of office although I assume she did. I do know that part of her required job performance was to uphold the laws of the county and basically respect and follow its charter. I also know a term-limit amendment was passed and added to the charter in 1998. Evidence also shows in the time since that the commission was been unsupportive of the term-limit amendment, ignored it, did not defend it and are now trying to work around it. So basically I'll believe Patterson after her seat is filled by someone else. Same goes for the lot of them.

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