For too long a "rubber stamp" mindset has ruled the County Commission. Growth is good, but only when it is self-sustaining. Economies thrive when development is centered around three goals:
Work Here. Play Here. Live Here.
Communities crumble when their most productive members, the wage earners, no longer live there. We must attract new industries AND their employees. Affordable housing must be available to those in search of prosperity and the American Dream.
"If you build it, they will come."
Sarasota County's beauty and natural resources bring countless tourists and new residents each year. Our's is truly a special place, but it remains so only because we work for it. Ruta will always protect our environment.
Protected resources. Conservation. Clean energy.
Ruta Maria Jouniari is a small business owner, a small farmer, and a community health advocate. Ruta Maria began her career with Aetna U.S. Healthcare, developing markets in Boston and Tampa and fighting to lower premium costs for consumers.
Fifteen years ago, Ruta Maria changed her professional focus and founded her own company, International Staffing Group, Inc., a company that places veterans in good jobs that allow them to utilize their specialized skills.
Locally, Ruta Maria co-founded the Universal Crescent Clinic, a non-profit organization that provides 100% free health care to people without insurance in Sarasota County. Ruta Maria currently serves on the organization’s board of directors and volunteers at the clinic on Saturdays.
Ruta Maria is the Boston-born daughter of Lithuanian immigrants. She lives in Sarasota with her husband of 19 years and her 97-year-old mother, for whom she provides primary care.