Wesley was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, and comes from a true family of Floridians. There has been a civil servant working in Florida in every generation of her family since her great-great uncle, G.V. Leland, who served as City Manager of St. Pete in the 1930s. In fact, during his tenure, he commissioned the City Hall they still use today. Wesley seeks to continue this tradition of creating positive change as your next County Commissioner. She is fighting to put the public back in public service by representing the citizens of Sarasota who value environmental protection, affordable housing, and sustainable economic growth.
Wesley moved to Sarasota almost 10 years ago to attend New College of Florida, The Honors College of Florida. She graduated with a degree in Political Science and has spent the last several years developing her own marketing and media agency that supports local businesses, petition initiatives, and community building organizations.
In addition to launching her own business, Wesley has dedicated countless hours to community service across Sarasota County. She secured grant funding for a peer mediation program that teaches local high school students non-violent conflict resolution techniques and, through this program, she has had the opportunity to work with dozens of students at Sarasota Military Academy, Riverview High School, and Sarasota High School. She has also served as a mentor to Booker High School students through SailFuture, a transformational youth development program that uses sailing to build trust.
Wesley is dedicated to bringing true representation to our County Commission and understands that it is time to stand up for the environment, affordable housing, and sustainable economic development. Status quo is no longer an option when our beautiful landscape is in danger, our workforce is unheard, and development is ruled by build first, ask questions second.