Email County Commissioners

District 1
Priscilla Whisenant Trace
District 2
Charles B. Smith
District 3
Stephen R. Jonsson
District 4
Robin DiSabatino
District 5
Vanessa Baugh
At Large
Carol Whitmore
At Large
Betsy Benac

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All Commissioners


Executive Assistants

Vida Gordon (Commissioner Jonsson and Smith)

Marianne Lopata (Commissioners Trace and Baugh)
Sheri Smith (Commissioners DiSabatino, Whitmore and Benac)


Please note: All information emailed to Commissioners is subject to the Florida Sunshine Law.


Tips for communicating with your County Commissioners

Make the most of your correspondence with County Commissioners by following these recommended steps.

It is much easier to impact the decision making of any governing board when you know the process, rules and laws. By sharing your opinions and ideas with your Commissioner, you help them decide what to do about current issues and problems. They value your suggestions and encourage you to express them.

County Commissioners receive an extremely large number of telephone calls and mail from their constituents. Unfortunately, their full agendas limit their ability to personally respond to it all. The following tips will help you get the most impact out of your correspondence with County Commissioners.


Write effective emails

  • State your purpose for writing in the first sentence of your correspondence.
  • Be courteous and polite, even if you disagree strongly with the Commissioner.
  • If appropriate, include personal information about why the issue matters to you.
  • Cover only one issue per email. If you have another issue to address, please write another email. Back up your opinions with supporting facts.
  • Tell the Commissioner what effect you think a particular issue will have on you, your children, business or community. Be concise but specific.
  • Suggest a course of action and offer assistance. Never make promises or threats.


Make an appointment

When attempting to meet with your County Commissioner, call (941) 745-3700 and you will be directed to the appropriate assistant. Explain the purpose of your call. It is easier for the Board assistants to arrange a meeting if they know what you wish to discuss.

Florida's Government in the Sunshine Law provides a right of access to governmental proceedings of public boards or Commissions at both the state and local levels. The Sunshine Law does not permit County Commissioners to meet regarding a planned development commercial (PDC), appeal of a site plan, a rezone, planned development residential (PDR) or planned development industrial (PDI).


Any communication with County Commissioners, regarding land use matters, must be made during the advertised land use meeting or must be submitted, prior to the public hearing in writing, to the Board of County Commissioners so all parties can be copied.

In addition to email, you can contact the Board of County Commissioners in any of the following ways:

  • Location
    1112 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 903
    Bradenton, FL 34205


  • Mailing address
    P.O. Box 1000
    Bradenton, FL 34206-1000


  • Telephone
    (941) 745-3700


  • Fax
    (941) 745-3790