Sarasota Expansion of City Commission Vote, 2009
The charter amendment was defeated with 35.2% votes in support and 64.8% against. 
The drive to expand the commission started in late 2008 when a group of Sarasota citizens who want an elected mayor got 10% of the city voters to sign a petition to put the issue on the ballot.
7 commissioners are needed, it was argued, because the current 5 commissioners and an elected mayor would make a group of six - an even number - which could lead to tie votes. Consequently, the citizen's group decided that adding another at-large commissioner along with an elected Mayor would be an odd number and avoid tie votes.
- Elected Mayor Now, website supporting the initiative
- Who’s funding Sarasota’s Elected Mayor Now Committee?