As the official qualifying period ended at noon last Friday, 15 candidates had filed the paperwork required to run for city council.
We would like to thank these residents for stepping forward as the campaign trail is often arduous and just the beginning of what will be, for the victors, a serious commitment of time and effort that will bring little in the way of material recompense.
Running is rough and serving can be rougher unless one has a tough hide and a true commitment to public service and the leadership role elective office demands.
There are four city council seats open this year in Cape Coral - Mayor, District 1, District 4, and District 6. That's half the eight-person board, and all registered city voters can cast a ballot in each race no matter their party affiliation or where they live. City council races are non-partisan, and all council members are elected citywide although officials must live in the district they represent.
Candidates for mayor are Daniel "Dan" Ashby, Alan "AJ" Boyd, David P. Carr. Vincent A. Cummings, Marni Lin Sawicki, incumbent John J. Sullivan and Gordon R. Ultsch, PhD.
Running in District 1 are James "Jim" Burch, Steven L. Golub, David R. Headd and Graham Madison Morris.
These two races will appear on the primary ballot in September.
Running in District 4 are incumbent Chris N. Chulakes-Leetz and Richard Leon.
Running in District 6 are incumbent Kevin M. McGrail and Richard "Rick" Williams.
These two races will appear on the general election ballot along with the top two vote getters in each of the two primary races.
The primary will be Sept. 10, with the general, and run-off, election set for Nov. 5.
In the interim, expect some exciting weeks ahead.
Cape Coral is known for its wealth of candidates forums with at least three already scheduled for the two-race primary.
The Cape Coral Civic Association will hold a candidates night for all qualified candidates on Tuesday, July. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Cape Coral Yacht Club.
The public is invited to attend.
The city of Cape Coral will host two, one on Thursday, Aug. 29, the second on Friday, Aug. 30, at City Hall at 7 p.m. each day. The forums also will be broadcast on Cape TV, Comcast channel 98.
Cape Coral forums usually attract a good turnout and they offer a great opportunity for those who want to know the candidates' positions on the issues as well as have a chance to meet office seekers in person.
For those who want additional information they can peruse at their leisure, there's usually plenty provided via a variety of sources - everything from campaign literature, ads and websites to news stories and official campaign reports, including statements of financial interest and treasurer's reports, which are posted on the city website at
Meanwhile, local media, including The Breeze, always provides ample news coverage through the election season, both on-line and in print.
All Breeze election content will be consolidated on-line at cape-coral-daily-breeze.com under Election 2013 where we will update readers with stories, candidate bios and candidate Q&As.
We invite you to read.
And we urge you to take advantage of all the information that is sure to be available right up through election day.
It's the best way for us, as a community, to thank our neighbors who have stepped forward, or stepped forward again, in a bid to represent us for the next four years.
- Breeze editorial