As a small business owner and co-founder of a free clinic, Ruta Maria Jouniari knows how to get things done, and as a County Commissioner, she will focus on improving the quality of life in Sarasota County for all of us, from Longboat Key to North Port. Sarasota should be not only a great place to retire, but also to start a business and raise a family.

Sustainable Development and a Strong Economy

Sarasota County is a great place to live, and a lot of people want to move here. Ruta Maria supports development because it provides jobs, housing, and amenities for people to enjoy. She wants to make certain, however, that we grow in a well-planned, sustainable way that preserves our quality of life and economic viability.

Environmental Protection

As a small farmer, Ruta Maria cares deeply about land use and the environment, and she wants to protect the natural resources that make Sarasota so beautiful and special. Her environmental platform focuses on clean water, conservation, recycling, and the development of clean energy alternatives.

Workforce Housing

As Sarasota has grown, the cost of living has risen. Ruta Maria knows that we need affordable housing for people who work in our hospitals, our public schools, our restaurants, et cetera. That is why she wants Sarasota County to designate zoning for workforce housing, an inventory that is sorely lacking.