Misty Servia is a 31-year veteran of community service and planning and has filed to run for Manatee County Commission, District 4.
Misty brings diverse community leadership and an award-winning planning career to her bid for County Commission. “I’m running because I value our community and I have the skills and the temperament to help make it a stronger and better place. I have immersed myself in public service in Manatee County for nearly 30 years, and there is now the opportunity to continue much of the work that Robin DiSabatino has done in district 4. I’ll work to ensure we grow in a smart way that protects our quality of life in Manatee County. I’m excited about the opportunity to use my education and experience to represent you.”
Misty’s years of working with government bodies and corporations throughout the region have equipped her with skills of diplomacy, planning, and consensus-building that will be essential as a member of the county commission.
In a recent endorsement, current Commissioner representing District 4, Robin DiSabatino said, “Misty would be my sincere and only recommendation as the next District 4 Commissioner. I am confident that Misty is the right choice for a variety of reasons but primarily for her honesty, accessibility and accountability. It is with great enthusiasm that I stand with Misty Servia and I am asking you to support and vote for Misty for District 4 Commissioner .”
A lifelong resident of Sarasota/Bradenton, Servia’s career includes not only twelve years with King Engineering as a professional planner, but nearly 18 years as a county planner. She received a gubernatorial appointment in 2013 to the Manatee County Housing Authority; is a member of the Bradenton Tree and Land Preservation Board; and an active member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Leadership Manatee’s Board of Governors and has board appointments with the Manatee Community Federal Credit Union, Manatee Tiger Bay, and serves on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the County’s Planning Task Force.
Misty is a past local director for the American Planning Association (APA)-State of Florida, past president of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association, which honored her with awards for Meritorious Service and Outstanding Innovation. She is the past president of the Manatee Seminole Club past board member for PACE Center for Girls, Humane Society of Manatee County, and Manatee Habitat for Humanity. She served as a mentor with Take Stock in Children and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, as well as the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation’s Committee for New Jobs Now.
Servia is a graduate of Florida State University and is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners. She and her husband Joaquin have three children and live in Manatee County.