About Ruta


Ruta Maria Jouniari, a small business owner, small farmer, and community health advocate, is running for Sarasota County Commission in District 2. The election is scheduled for November 6, 2018, and all Sarasota County voters are eligible to vote for her.

Ruta Maria began her career with Aetna U.S. Healthcare, developing markets in Boston and Tampa and fighting to lower premium costs for consumers.

Fifteen years ago, Ruta Maria changed her professional focus and founded her own company, International Staffing Group, Inc., a company that places veterans in good jobs that allow them to utilize their specialized skills.

Then, a year ago, Ruta Maria co-founded the Universal Crescent Clinic, a non-profit organization that provides 100% free health care to people without insurance in Sarasota County. Ruta Maria currently serves on the organization’s board of directors and volunteers at the clinic on Saturdays.

Ruta Maria is the Boston-born daughter of Lithuanian immigrants. She lives in Sarasota with her husband of 19 years and her 97-year-old mother for whom she provides primary care.