Moran, a Republican, is seeking a second term as District 1 commissioner in north Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY— Michael Moran is seeking to retain his northern Sarasota County District 1 seat.


Moran, who filed to run for reelection in early February, said he is focused on "creating an environment that supports business development and job creation. Our most important job is protecting our unique quality of life — that which makes us love our lives here."


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Affordable housing, economic development and long-range county planning were at the root of the Republican’s campaign in 2016.


Since taking a seat behind the commission dais, Moran has worked on several human services initiatives, including a potential countywide mental health district, which would annually assess a tax and distribute the money raised to local service organizations.


Moran has also supported a number of controversial decisions. In 2017, he was one of two commissioners to vote to build a recycling center near Celery Fields. In December, Moran was one of three commissioners to favor redrawing commission district boundaries, which led to moving his opponent, Fredd Atkins, into another district and sparked a federal civil rights lawsuit over the new commission district lines. Atkins is a plaintiff in the lawsuit, which is set for trial on April 27.


Born in Detroit, Moran moved to Sarasota in 2002 after selling his Michigan payroll and insurance firm.


He is the owner and president of Blue Water Insurance Group and is a licensed real estate agent.


Moran was a governing board member of Southwest Florida Water Management District, the panel that regulates the region’s water resources. He was appointed to the board in 2013 by then-Gov. Rick Scott.


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Moran also served almost three years on the Sarasota County Planning Commission, until resigning the seat to launch his campaign in early 2015, and has served on the boards of the Sarasota Republican Club, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and the Citizens Oversight Committee. He has also served on the State College of Florida Board of Trustees.


In December, Moran was selected as commission chairman for 2020. He is married and has two children.


Moran is currently unopposed. If a federal judge were to overturn the redrawn commission district map before the candidate qualifying period in June, Atkins, a Democrat, would rejoin the race.