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Who is Ruta Jouniari and what are her positions?

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Ruta's Platform

Protecting Our Resources

Sarasota County's beauty and natural resources bring countless tourists and new residents each year. Our's is truly a special place, but remains so only because we work for it. Ruta is committed to conservation, clean air and water, and a focus on renewable energy sources. 

 "Keep Sarasota County Beautiful"

Sustainable Growth

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.

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Affordable Housing

Communities crumble when their most productive members, the wage earners, are no longer able to 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."

Endorsements and Recommendations

The Scoop endorses Ruta Jouniari

"Note how much more knowledgeable Ruta is on the issues...I interviewed Ruta extensively and she is much more informed than her opponent."

Sarasota Manatee Sierra Club endorses Ruta Jouniari

"Priorities include protection of our natural resources, support for sustainable growth, and renewable energy and the rights of citizens."

"The opinion of our Editorial Board: We recommend Ruta Maria Jouniari over Christian Ziegler for Sarasota County Commission District 2."

Bullsugar endorses Ruta Jouniari is dedicated to stopping the damaging discharges into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and restoring the flow of clean freshwater to Florida Bay. Its voter guide is available at

Control Growth Now endorses Ruta Jouniari endeavors to balance the big developers who...gain at the expense of our mobility, neighborhoods, environment, schools and quality of life...and to make growth pay its own way rather than placing the costs of growth on the backs of the taxpaying public.

Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida endorses Ruta Jouniari

"We are pleased to see so many...who take veteran issues seriously stepping up to serve in public office. It can only help the situation for veterans in this country to have you as an elected official so well aware of the issues facing them."

About Ruta

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.