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Race-packed ballot for Tuesday’s primary election

August 26, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Early voting for the Aug. 30 Primary Election wraps up today and Saturday here in Lee County.

Those who have not cast a ballot still have ample opportunity to do so. And with a number of key races likely to be decided Tuesday, those who are waiting until the General Election in November to vote may find themselves unable to support their candidates of choice.

What races are on the primary ballot?

For Republican voters, there are primaries for two Lee County Commission seats. Others include the Lee County Sheriff's race, State Senate and a U.S. Congressional race.

Republicans and Democrats alike can cast ballots in their respective primaries for the U.S. Senate.

All voters, meanwhile, can cast ballots in a number of important non-partisan races. Two districtwide school board seats fall into this category as does the race for Lee County Supervisor of Elections.

All voters can also vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would extend a tax incentive already afforded residential property owners by giving the state Legislature the ability to exempt businesses from additional property taxes if they install "renewal energy devices" such as solar panels. It also would exempt such improvements from the annual state tax on assets.

As stated in our earlier endorsements/recommendation editorial, The Breeze does not do blanket endorsements in the primaries, particularly in races that are unlikely to result in any clear winner due to multiple candidates.

We have, however, offered - and will continue to offer - recommendations in primary elections where we believe another viewpoint can be helpful.

This election cycle we have endorsed in two races and made a recommendation on the proposed state Constitutional Amendment.

To recap our recommendations:

* Republican Primary, Congressional District 19: Vote Chauncey Goss: He's ready to get to work. And he's ready to get to work for us, the residents of Southwest Florida.

Also running: Francis Rooney and Dan Bongino.

* Republican Primary, County Commission District 5: Vote Frank Mann: He's a steadfast, proven leader whose word is his bond. Simply put, he does what he says he will do.

Also running: Ken Dobson.

* Vote YES on Amendment 4 Tax Exemption on Energy Devices: Proponents, which include the League of Women Voters and various environmental and business organizations, say the amendment, coupled with appropriate legislative action, would give businesses an incentive to invest in solar energy infrastructure, something our state sorely lacks. Makes sense to us.

For those looking to take advantage of early voting, locations will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. There are 10 countywide with three in Cape Coral and one in North Fort Myers. Those locations are:

* Lee County Elections Cape Coral Branch Office, 1039 S.E. Ninth Ave., Cape Coral

* Cape Coral-Lee County Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral

* Northwest Regional Library, 519 N. Chiquita Blvd., Cape Coral

* North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2021 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers

Election day is Aug. 30 with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information on early voting, call 533-VOTE.

To read the full endorsement editorials for the above recaps, visit on-line at under opinions, editorials. The link may also be found on our Facebook page.

For more information on the candidates and their positions on the issues, visit our website, where we have gathered our race-by-race election stories under news, election 2016, or visit the candidates' various Facebook or web pages. (Just Google their names.)

- Breeze editorial



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