Islander-county commisioner faces challenger

Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, R-at large, is being challenged in the November election by Democrat Terri Wonder.

Whitmore is seeking her third term as county commissioner, while Wonder is seeking political office for the first time. Wonder is running on the Democratic ticket in the partisan race for a seat on the board of county commissioners.

A native of Gainesville, Wonder and her family moved to the Bradenton area when she was 3 years old. She holds a doctorate in English from the University of South Florida.

She is married to Ray Wonder, a retired university professor, and has three step-daughters and 10 grandchildren. The couple lives in Bradenton.

Whitmore, who resides on Anna Maria Island, won election to the county commission in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. She was both mayor and commissioner in Holmes Beach prior to gaining the county at-large seat.

She is married to retired physician Andre Renard and has one daughter and two grandchildren. Whitmore and her husband live in Holmes Beach.

Neither candidate will be on the Aug. 26 primary ballot as they are unchallenged in running as the Republican and Democratic party candidates for the at-large seat on the ballot.

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