Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Venice Man Enters Commission Race | Democrat Rick Eaton to Challenge Republican Charles Hines

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Venice Man Enters Commission Race | Democrat Rick Eaton to Challenge Republican Charles Hines

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ELECTION 2016

A Venice environmental activist, real estate agent and motorcycle drag racer has filed to run for Sarasota County Commission this fall.

Democrat Rick Eaton will challenge incumbent Republican Charles Hines for the commission's District 5 seat, which represents Venice, Englewood and coastal residents from Osprey south to the county line.

Eaton said his campaign will focus on local environmental efforts -- or the lack thereof, he said -- and breaking up what he sees as the board's cozy relationship with developers.

"Somebody has to get in there at some point that's not bought and sold," he said.

The U.S. Air Force veteran has worked across the country in military research and development, professional racing and for a truck driving school. He moved back to Venice, his hometown, in 2008.

"I came home and, for a lack of a better term, was just horrified at what I've seen, particularly environmentally," he said. …

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