Now that Labor Day is behind us and the dog days of summer begin to retreat, the heat begins to build in the political kitchens across the island. Five candidates are vying for three open seats for city council here on Marco Island.
In addition to that election, races for Governor, U.S. Senate, the U.S. Congress and other seats are also in contention and equally as important.
School board elections have all been decided during the primary election held on August 28. Jory Westberry, who ran unopposed, will represent our area. Jen Mitchell received 54% of the vote during her run and Roy Terry received 52.3% of the vote in his district. They will join with Erick Carter and Stephanie Lucarelli, whose terms expire in 2020.
Marco Island City Councilor Joseph Batte has spent the last eight years serving islanders, first being elected in 2010 and then re-elected in 2014. He is term limited and he is not allowed to run again.
Councilor Bob Brown, who was eligible to run for a second full term, has decided not to run, and will attend to other personal matters. When then- Marco Island City Councilor Larry Magel chose to leave with less than half of his term remaining, Brown was appointed to fill out the remainder of that incomplete term, and then was elected to a full four-year term. He would have been eligible to run for a second full term had he desired.
Five candidates are running for Marco Island City Council. In alphabetical order they are: Erik Brechnitz, Jim Richards, Victor Rios, Jerry Swiacki and Sam Young.
All of these candidates have accepted invitations to three separate candidate forums to be held in October.
The first forum takes place on October 3 at the Marco Island Historical Society at 180 South Heathwood Drive, and is sponsored by the Southwest Florida Citizen’s Alliance. Doors open at 5 PM for a meet and greet with the forum beginning sharply at 5:30 PM.
Three Marco Island organizations, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and Marco Island Civic Association, have come together to prepare questions for the city council candidates. The groups are sponsoring two forums on the island, on October 10th and 18th, which will take place at the Marco Island Historical Society on South Heathwood Drive. The doors will open for a meet and greet at 5 PM with the forums beginning at 5:30 PM. The forums will be broadcast on FACEBOOK LIVE on the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
The election for these city council seats will be held along with all other seats on Tuesday, November 6th. Voters are urged to visit the Collier County Supervisor of Elections website at www.colliervotes.com to view polling places and for information regarding vote by mail and early voting. You may also call the Supervisor of Elections office at 239-252-8683 for more information.
Coastal Breeze News will be presenting a list of questions to the candidates and will publish their responses to those inquiries. Visit www.coastalbreezenews.com or our Facebook page for more breaking news from Marco Island.