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Richard Dorfman To Run For City Commission

Dorfman will seek a seat on the Sarasota City Commission in 2013.

Richard Dorfman took the stage Saturday night at the Joyful Noise Music Festival making a statement on "noise" and events downtown.

"If I'm elected to the city commisson, we're going to see more of these," Dorfman exlaimed, prompting applause from the crowd. This week the city commission will examine policies for downtown events at a special meeting.

Dorfman, a former sports agent and former director of broadcasting for the National Basketball Association, is taking another shot for the city commission, and this time it's for one of two of the at-large seats, which Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Commissioner Terry Turner have, instead of for District 1, which he ran for in 2011.

While candidates for the 2012 elections are rushing to get their paperwork in and fundraising started, Dorfman is an earlybird. The general election for Sarasota's at-large seats is March 12, 2013.

According to Dorfman's bio, he holds a bachelor's degree in communications adn business from American University, was born in New York City, raised in New Jersey. He also contributed to reports for CNN and CNBC.

Dorfman told The Observer, who first reported his filing, that he wants a different approach for the city:

"Dorfman also wants to create a better dialogue between the city and its neighborhoods. 

“There’s an obvious ‘us versus them’ dialogue that exists between the city and its neighborhoods,” Dorfman said. “We need to reconcile the disconnect between the city’s residents.”

Dorfman, however, admits it’s a difficult task during a time of budget cuts and fewer basic services within city limits." 


Suzette Jones June 04, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Yea! and I see Tim Sukits right behind Dorfman!! Great show, Tim. ALL the talent was amazing Saturday night. The musical influence bubbling up in our region is being noticed around the world - love it! The creatives making an economic impact!
RAJ (Bo) McMerritt June 04, 2012 at 12:16 PM
after Dorfman we need a preacher and mortician...1 for the money - 2 for the show - 3 to get ready - 4 to go
Lloyd P. Dorfman June 04, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Sarasota is lucky my brother is there and seeking a seat on the city council. He is in it for the peoples interest only. If you want results that effect your lives positively in the city of Sarasota, your vote for Dorfman should cross party lines and be made out of a sincere desire for someone who's honesty is hard to find in politics. There are few heroes in government. Do what's right, do it with certainty. Lloyd P. Dorfman Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Len Roessler June 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Terry Turner needs another pro neighborhood supporter.
sarahsoda June 05, 2012 at 11:18 PM
And moments after this picture this jerk sucker punched a homeless man for playing a harmonica. But no reports of that...ofcourse. A
Ophelia May 01, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Susan Chapman has had my vote and will keep it.

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