Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Candidate Lands in Hospital | after Tense Meeting, Man Seeking Seat on 2 City Boards Falls Ill

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Candidate Lands in Hospital | after Tense Meeting, Man Seeking Seat on 2 City Boards Falls Ill

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NORTH PORT

NORTH PORT -- Despite being hospitalized Tuesday afternoon, City Commission candidate Nicholas "Nick" Trolli said he's staying in the 2016 race.

"I have a seat to win," he said Wednesday afternoon, about 30 minutes after being discharged. "I will work vehemently to do so."

Trolli was taken by ambulance to Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte after suffering what he said doctors called an "abnormality in a blood vessel in my head." The episode occurred early Tuesday afternoon, shortly after city commissioners rejected his application to join the city's charter review board, in part because he is a commission candidate.

Trolli, 55, said he began to feel ill during the meeting and by the time he made it to his car, his arm and leg felt numb. A day later, he said he doesn't plan to slow down. "I feel good, and I'm ready to get back to the campaign."

Trolli filed for the District 1 commission seat in November and has since become a fixture at commission workshops, meetings and other city functions. In March, he appealed to the City Clerk to allow him to refile his candidacy to challenge Cheryl Cook, the District 2 incumbent seeking a second term. Trolli has campaigned on the slogan "Anyone But Cook," and argues that the city's district residency requirements for elective office, as spelled out in the city charter, are vague and ambiguous.

While he is running for office, he also recently applied for a vacancy on the city's advisory charter review board. Board members are appointed by commissioners to four-year terms.

During Tuesday's commission meeting, Trolli told commissioners that if elected, he would choose between the elective office or the advisory board -- and added that his candidacy for office should have no bearing on his appointment.

"I feel my talents would serve the charter review advisory board and the commission well. Of late I have become intimately acquainted with the charter and discussed it much with fellow citizens," Trolli said. "None of us can predict the winner out of the four candidates that are currently running for the (commission) seat."

But his bid drew sharp criticism from Cook.

"How long did Mr. …

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