Cape Coral residents planning to vote in the upcoming municipal primary have about three weeks left in which to register, if they are not already on the books with the Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office.
Voter registration books will close at 5 p.m. Aug. 12 for the Sept. 10 primary, which will feature two city council seats. Aug. 12 is 29 days before the election and, as per state law, registration for that election will remain closed through the primary, a pretty important election for Cape voters.
The seats on the primary ballot are those for the mayor's office, which has seven candidates, and the District 1 council seat, which has four.
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.
The top two vote getters in these races will advance to the general election in November, which also will feature the District 4 and 6 council seats.
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.
Every registered voter gets to vote in every race on the ballot in both the primary and the general election: City council races are non-partisan, and all council members are elected citywide although officials must live in the district they represent.
If you're new to the Cape, or if you just haven't voted in the past but want to make your voice heard, now's a good time to register.
Applications are available on line at www.leeelections.com , at all Lee County libraries and various other locations, including City Hall in Cape Coral at 1015 Cultural Park Blvd., the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce at 2051 Cape Coral Parkway, Department of Motor Vehicles offices and, yes, all Lee County Supervisor of Elections Offices, including the one in the Cape at 1031 S.E. 9th Place, Suite 3, (across the street from the Lee County Government Center).
A full list of locations - and they are numerous- also are available on the Supervisor of Elections Web site.
One other reminder as the election season gears up - the first of the major forums is set for Tuesday.
The Cape Coral Civic Association will hold its candidates night for all qualified candidates on July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Cape Coral Yacht Club.
The public is invited to attend.
If you plan on voting this election season, this forum is one of the city's oldest and best.
Civic's questions historically cover a lot of ground and long-time moderator Alex LePera, a former council member, always does a great job of keeping things on track.
Lastly, The Breeze plans to kick off its Q&A election coverage next week. We invite you to read.
And, if you have an issues-related question for the candidates, we invite you to send it our way. Email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Breeze editorial