Thursday, May 10, 2012

Should you be voting for a County Commissioner in August?


Three of the five Collier County Commission seats are up for election this year, and in each case, there are enough people running that there will be a primary election on August 14th. 

Do you live in one of those districts, as I do? If so, its time to begin to inform ourselves about the candidates and the issues.  (It’s also time to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot from the Supervisor of Elections.)

So how do you know?  Just go to the Collier County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Homepage and click on “Find Your Commissioner District” on the left side of the page.  Enter your street address to find out the number of your district and the name of your commissioner.  I live in District 3 and my commissioner is Tom Henning.

Once you know who your commissioner is, how do you find out if (s)he is running for reelection?  Visit the Collier County Supervisor of Elections website at www.colliervotes.com, click on “Candidates” on the left side of the page, then click on “Local Candidates.”  Wow - there are 43 positions for which candidates are running for election in Collier County.

Commission seats representing Districts 1, 3 and 5 are at stake this year.  The incumbents (all Republican) want to keep their seats, and all three have challengers. 
·        District 1 - Donna Fiala is being challenged by Steve Kosgrove (Republican) and Russell Kish (No Party Affiliation).
·        District 3 - Tom Henning is being challenged by Bill McDaniel (Republican). 
·        District 5 - Jim Coletta is being challenged by Tim Nance (Republican) and John Lundin (Democrat). 

Return to the BCC Homepage and read your commissioner’s bio by clicking his/her name next to their picture. 

At this point, I’d like to get some feedback from my readers about the helpfulness of this post.  Did you visit the recommended websites, or did you already know who your commissioner is and if the seat is up for election?  Did you know that August 14 was Primary Election Day?  Do you want to vote-by-mail, and if so, had you already requested your VBM ballot? 

Please let me know.