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Deadline approaching for council candidates

June 19, 2015
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

As more candidates announce their bid for the White House, the presidential race of 2016 is getting plenty of attention.

Meanwhile, here in Cape Coral a candidate deadline of a different sort is fast approaching with little fanfare.

The qualifying period for the four city council seats to be decided this fall is little more than two weeks away.

Those hoping to retain or win the seats representing districts 2, 3, 5 and 7 must formally "qualify" for the Sept. 15 Primary/Nov. 3 General Election by filing the appropriate paperwork the week of July 6. Qualifying begins at noon that Monday and concludes at noon on Friday, July 10.

As of Thursday morning, three candidates have "active" status for the District 2 seat. This means they have filed the paperwork needed to accept campaign donations or spend money on their election bid; they still must "qualify" in July to appear on the ballot.

According to the Lee County Elections Office, the active District 2 candidates thus far are Michael S. Bogliole, Kirk Lagrasta and Sean C. Snyder. Incumbent John Carioscia said he will seek re-election and will file the required paperwork during qualification week.

One candidate, Chris Cammarota, is listed as active in District 3. The incumbent, Lenny Nesta, is still considering a re-election bid.

In District 5, incumbent Rana Erbrick is an "active" candidate.

And in District 7, Timothy W. Barrier is listed as active. The incumbent, Derrick Donnell, cannot run again due to term limits.

We thank the incumbents for their service and we thank the prospective candidates, incumbents and challengers alike, for their willingness to dedicate the next four years to the city.

For make no mistake, dedication is a key ingredient to public service on par with leadership skills and the ability to balance staff input with public mandate for not only the best short-term result but long-term success.

Yes, for those in doubt, we can sometimes be idealistic.

If you are thinking about running, the time is now.

Candidate paperwork is available at the City Clerk's Office, which also has available online its 2015 Candidate Handbook. The handbook, which can be found at , contains an elections calendar and all the information you need to run a statute-compliant campaign.

- Breeze editorial



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