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Thank you to those who seek public office

August 21, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

With early voting wrapping up on Saturday and the Primary Election set for Tuesday, we would like to thank the candidates who made the effort to seek public office.

All too often that's a thankless task.

It takes time.

It takes money.

And it takes a very thick skin.

So thank you to those, especially on the local level, who are giving their community a choice on Election Day.

For those who have yet to cast a ballot, eight days of early voting for the Primary Election concludes Aug. 23 at 11 elections sites throughout Lee County.

Polls then open at precincts countywide on Aug. 26 for a primary that offers a number of everyone-votes races.

Among them?

* State Senator, District 30

Incumbent Lizbeth Benacquisto faces Michael J. Dreikorn in a "universal primary." They are both Republicans but, as there are no other challengers, everyone can vote and the top vote-getter wins the seat.

* Lee County Commission, District 2

Incumbent Cecil L. Pendergrass faces Paige Rausch. Both are Republicans but it is a "universal," everyone-can-vote primary as there are no other challengers. Again, the top vote-getter culls the seat.

* Lee County School Board, District 1

Incumbent Mary Fischer and opponent Marilyn Stout face off in the Aug. 26 Primary Election. Because it is a non-partisan race, the candidate who earns the most votes will win the seat. All of the registered voters in Lee County can cast a ballot in the race, regardless of their political affiliation or the district in which they live.

* Lee County School Board, District 4

Incumbent Don H. Armstrong seeks to retain his seat against opponents Arvella Clare, Richard L. Dunmire and Steve Teuber. As a non-partisan race with more than two candidates, the top two vote-getters will move forward to the general election on Nov. 4. All registered voters in Lee County can cast a ballot, regardless of political affiliation or the district in which they live.

* Lee County School Board, District 5

Pam LaRiviere and Carla Ronco are seeking the District 5 seat held by Thomas Scott, who is not seeking re-election. The winner in the primary will win the seat. All registered voters in Lee County can cast a ballot, regardless of political affiliation or the district in which they live.

Meanwhile, registered Republicans have a couple of key primary races in which only they can vote:

* State Representative, District 77

Incumbent Dane Eagle faces three challengers -Terry Cramer, Brandon Ivey and Jim Roach - for the Republican Party's nomination and so the ability to move on to the Nov. 4 General Election. The primary election winner faces write-in candidate Jeremy Wood in November.

* Lee County Commission, District 4

Incumbent Brian Hamman seeks to win the Republican Party's nomination against two opponents, Andy Coy and Sawyer C. Smith. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Debbie Jordan in the Nov. 4 General Election.

In the Cape, there are three locations at which to cast a ballot today or Saturday: The Cape Coral Branch Office at 1031 S.E. 9th Place, behind the Lee County building plus both the Cape Coral Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, and the Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd.

The Lee County Elections Center is at 13180 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. Other early voting locations include offices in North Fort Myers, south county, Bonita Springs, Estero and Lehigh.

Hours for early voting are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday and registered voters may cast a ballot at any location.

Election Day is Aug. 26 and polls throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For those still seeking information on the primary, the races and the candidates, you may find election information both online and in print. Online, readers may find all of our election stories consolidated under Election 2014 at .

We invite you to read.

And we urge you to vote.

As we said last week, primary elections do matter.

- Breeze editorial



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