Vanessa Carusone, 45, is a longtime resident of North Port who served eight-years as a city commissioner. During that time, she lobbied in Tallahassee to fight for a 80-bed hospital. She worked with the now defunct youth advisory board getting North Port High School students active in city government, voted to bring additional sidewalks and streetlights in the eastern end of town. Understanding the growth of the city, she voted to build additional fire stations and a police sub station to service the entire town. She also worked to get city commission agendas and the back up material on line for residents to see in advance of the meetings. She was on the Metropolitan Planning Organization and helped bring funding to the city for the widening of Sumter Boulevard.
Carusone fought for more ball fields in North Port. She championed making events easier to hold in the city. She worked with Sarasota County Area Transit to expand bus routes in the city.