To the editor:
Despite the constant barrage of political mud we have seen thrown from ALL the Republican Candidates in the Congressional District 19 primary, there is a clear cut BEST choice for Southwest Florida - that person is Lizbeth Benacquisto. Lizbeth has a proven conservative track record serving our area as the State Senator from District 30. It covers both Lee and Charlotte counties, but living in Southwest Florida gives her an understanding of the issues in Collier County as well. If you look at Lizbeth's record in the Senate you will find it consistently supports fiscal responsibility and promotes business growth (rated 100 percent by the Florida Chamber of Commerce). She has done this without sacrificing our environment.
My time as a Cape Coral councilman gave me first hand experience with Lizbeth. She has been a strong supporter of our Municipal Charter School System, has backed the City's initiative to improve Caloosahatchee River quality with a waste-water reuse pipeline from Fort Myers to Cape Coral, and has led the fight to prevent Lake Ochechobee excess water discharges from destroying our precious Gulf water quality.
We need Lizbeth's hometown knowledge of Southwest Florida. She is a proven competent, capable, and effective stateswoman. Last election the voters tried the "high profile outsider." Needless to say that ended badly and has cost our area embarrassment and the cost of this special election. Lizbeth Benacquisto is the right choice to restore dignity to the office of Congressional Representative for District 19. I have found her to be an honest, hard working, and compassionate person. She will be an effective and responsible voice for ALL the residents of Southwest Florida.