The primary election for Cape Coral City Council is Tuesday and registered voters have two more opportunities to cast a ballot in the two races to be honed to the top two vote-getters Sept. 15.
The Lee County Elections Main Office at 2480 Thompson St. in Fort Myers and the Cape Coral Branch Office at 1031 S.E. 9th Place, Suite 3, will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today for the last of six "early voting" days, allowing Cape Coral voters one last chance to cast a ballot ahead of election day.
On Tuesday, polls throughout the city will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
While there are four seats up for grabs this year - the mayor's and Council Districts 1, 4 and 6 - only the mayoral and District 6 races appear on the primary ballot because only these two have more than two candidates seeking office. Registered voters can cast a ballot in each race; Cape municipal elections are non-partisan and citywide, meaning all voters living in Cape Coral can vote regardless of party affiliation or the district in which they live.
The mayor's race offers five candidates, the incumbent, James Burch, and challengers Roger Butler, Stephen Lovejoy, Robert Pizzolongo and John Sullivan.
Vying in District 6 are Frank Antos Jr., John Cataldi Jr. and Kevin McGrail.
We urge voters to get out and cast a ballot in the primary.
For those still seeking information on the candidates, it is readily available on various media Web sites, including our own, cape-coral-daily-breeze.com , where biographical information, position statements, Q&As and news stories may be found together under "Elections" at the top left side of the page. We invite you to read.
For those seeking some recommendations, we also have offered our opinion in the two races on the Sept. 15 primary ballot: We have endorsed incumbent James "Jim" Burch in the mayor's race, candidate Kevin McGrail in the District 6 race. The full endorsements may also be found online at cape-coral-daily-breeze.com . The Breeze endorsements are posted under "editorials," also found on the left side of the page.
Ours thanks to all of the candidates for stepping forward. And our thanks to the residents who have already voted.
With critical times still ahead, every vote does count - may there be many cast today and Tuesday.
- Breeze editorial