Friday, December 13, 2019

Get Involved…Campaign…Vote…Volunteer Want to Serve on City Council? Qualifying Process Has Begun


At the next general election on November 6, 2018, three of the seven Marco Island City Council seats will be up for election.

As of today, City Council hopefuls include: Victor Rios, Erik Brechnitz, Sam Young, Jerry Swiacki, and Jim Richards (in order of filing). Amadeo Petricca withdrew his candidacy on July 17.

The qualifying period for the candidates is July 17-31.

Candidates are hoping to become a part of Marco’s seven-member legislative body who meet twice a month on the first and third Mondays at 5:30 PM at the City of Marco Island Community Room located at 51 Bald Eagle Drive. The City Council is responsible for electing a Chair and Vice-Chair, setting municipal policy, the passage of laws, appointing members to various City committees, and the annual budget. They are also responsible for hiring the City Manager and the City Attorney.

Each City Council Member is elected to a four-year term. Term limits state that no Council Member may serve more than two full consecutive terms, nor serve more than eight years in office during his/her lifetime. The salary of each Council Member is $6,000 per year; the salary of the Chair is $9,000 per year.

Interested in running?

Candidates must be:

A resident of the City of Marco Island for at least one year prior to qualifying.

A qualified elector of the City.

To qualify as a candidate, petitions shall be opened from and submitted to the City Clerk by the qualifying deadline and shall contain signatures of qualified electors of the City equal to one (1) percent of the total number of City electors registered in the last general election.

For those interested in running for Marco Island City Council, obtain the 2018 City Council Handbook and an election package, which contains all necessary forms and information to begin the candidate process. Visit the City Clerk’s Office in person, call 239-389-5010, or download the information at cityofmarcoisland.com

Vote and Volunteer

In Florida, anyone 16 years of age can pre-register to vote and may officially vote upon turning 18.  Won’t be in Marco Island in November? No worries, both voting by mail and in-person are options for anyone who is registered before the October 9, 2018 deadline. Note: In order to vote in the August 28, 2018 primary election, you must be registered to vote by 12 AM (midnight), Monday, July 30, 2018.

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections, Jennifer J. Edwards, has made election information easily accessible with www.colliervotes.com. Information including: finding your precinct, updating information, obtaining an application, requesting an absentee ballot, and volunteer positions can all be found online or by calling 239-252-8683.

On Election Day, the polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM. Registered voters are required to vote at the assigned precinct of his/her legal residence and bring photo and signature I.D., so come prepared.

For more updated information regarding the Marco Island City Council election and registered candidates, go to: cityofmarcoisland.com.

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