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Manatee County Commissioner Candidate Presentaions - 6/2

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James Satcher, candidate Manatee County Commissioner Dist #7 at large
James Satcher, a life-long Republican and minister, is a candidate for Manatee County Board of Commissioners Dist 7 at-large. Satcher borrows a phrase from Vice President Mike Pence by describing himself as a Christian first, Conservative second, and Republican third. He pastored a small church after graduating from college and Bible school.

He believes Manatee County needs more committed conservatives in positions of influence. “We have to change our path,” James said. “First, we kicked prayer out of schools, now we are having to put police officers and bullet proof glass into schools.”

Satcher and his wife, Monica, were recently elected as co-chairs of the governor-sanctioned Coalition Against Human Trafficking that covers Manatee, Sarasota, and Desoto Counties. Satcher volunteers with Franklin Graham’s “Operation Christmas Child” and led a weekly Bible study at the Salvation Army for over a year. He is a current member of the Manatee County Republican Executive Committee and Manatee County Trump Club.

Satcher and his wife have five children.

George Kruse, candidate Manatee County Commissioner Dist #7 at large
George Kruse is a Republican candidate for the at-large District 7 seat of the Board of County Commissioners. He has called the area home since the mid-1980s and Manatee County home since 2008. A graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in 1993, George went on to receive degrees in both Management and Finance from the University of Florida and subsequently received his MBA in real estate finance from Columbia Business School in 2003. George has made a lifelong career in commercial real estate finance, which has allowed for a private sector view of local government policies nationwide.

George has made it his mission to utilize his unique background and skill sets to improve Manatee County for its current and future residents. He strives to make Manatee a place his kids are happy to grow up in and even more excited to live in as they start their own families. George plans to bring a private sector voice, an inclusive mentality and representation that focuses on smart growth and fiscal conservatism to the Board. His focus on a small government, limited tax agenda will protect both the personal rights and the personal capital of our citizens.

George presently serves on both the City of Bradenton and the Manatee County Affordable Housing Advisory Boards. He is also a Board member for Manatee Tiger Bay, the Leadership Manatee Alumni Association and the Sarasota/Bradenton Columbia Club. Additionally, George is an active member with the Bradenton Kiwanis, Bayside Church, the Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement and various community/educational activities throughout the year.

George is married to Jessica Kruse, a multi-term PTO/SAC President in Manatee County. They have two children; Alexander (13) and Olivia (11) who attend Dr. Mona Jain Middle School and are both active in travel sports in the area. In his spare time, George is involved in running and triathlon activities and is presently training for a 50-mile trail run.

Ed Hunzeker, candidate Manatee County Commissioner Dist #7 at large
During his time as the Manatee County Administrator, Ed Hunzeker has seen an unprecedented period of change for local government.

Hunzeker worked with the County Commission to save heightened property tax revenues, helping maintain public safety while avoiding service reductions to the public during the economic slump.

Since being appointed to the position in November 2006, Hunzeker has focused his attention on economic development, business retention and job creation while providing much needed services to the community.

As the County Administrator, Hunzeker has been responsible for carrying out the policies and directives of the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners and for the development and management of the County’s annual operating and capital improvement budgets.

Hunzeker received both his Bachelor of Accounting and Master of Business Administration degrees from St. Louis University. In the 1970s, Hunzeker served as Health Department Administrator for a hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He then went on to work as the chief financial officer for a regional transportation authority in St. Louis and served as county auditor for St. Louis County.

In 1988, Hunzeker was hired as an assistant county administrator of Hillsborough County, a position he held for 15 years before serving as the Osceola County Administrator.

In addition to serving as Manatee County Administrator, Hunzeker also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Manatee Chamber of Commerce and on the Advisory Board and Executive Committee of the Manatee Economic Development Council. Hunzeker serves on the United Way of Manatee County Board of Directors and is a member of the Manatee County CEO Roundtable, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.

Hunzeker is married to Sharon and has three sons and five grandchildren. When he’s not hard at work, Hunzeker enjoys reading, traveling and golfing.

Education: St. Louis University, Accounting and Business Administration

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 10:45am

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