Meet the Candidates: 20th Circuit Court (Part 2)

Earlier this week I wrote about the candidates for Circuit Judge from Group 3. In this post, I’ll look at the candidates from Group 16: Amy Hawthorne and Steven S. Leskovich.Group 16: Amy HawthorneAmy HawthorneAmy Hawthorne is currently serving as a Circuit Court Judge for Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee Counties. She was appointed … Continue reading Meet the Candidates: 20th Circuit Court (Part 2)

Meet the Candidates: 20th Circuit Court (Part 1)

As I wrote yesterday, Collier County voters have the opportunity to vote for one of two candidates in each of two Circuit Judge elections: Group 3 and Group 16.Group 3: Robert BranningRobert BranningRobert Branning is a partner with Rehak & Branning, LLC, a Fort Myers law firm. His campaign slogan is “Respect and Justice for … Continue reading Meet the Candidates: 20th Circuit Court (Part 1)

My Endorsements for the August School Board Elections

Eleven weeks ago (“Something for your radar screen”), I decided to research and write about the candidates and issues at stake in the upcoming elections. A few weeks later, my friend Dianne Mayberry-Hatt and I decided to invite each of the School Board candidates for a one-on-one conversation to help us learn more about them.If … Continue reading My Endorsements for the August School Board Elections

Meet the School Board Candidates: District 3 (Part 1)

In this post, I’ll share what I’ve learned from what I believe be reliable Internet sources about two of the four candidates for School Board from District 3: Luis Bernal and JB Holmes. I’ll follow this with a separate post doing the same for Kathy Ryan and Erika Donalds, the other two District 3 candidates.All … Continue reading Meet the School Board Candidates: District 3 (Part 1)

Dr. Patton’s contract extension

The School Board voted four-to-one last month to extend Superintendent Patton’s contract by two years, to 2018. The vote came immediately following the Board’s annual review of Dr. Patton’s performance.This decision has been criticized by several School Board candidates and by members of the public in letters to the editor. At some candidate forums, candidates … Continue reading Dr. Patton’s contract extension

Meet the School Board Candidates: District 1

In this post, I’ll share what I’ve learned from what I believe to be reliable Internet sources about the three candidates for School Board from District 1: Kathy Greenawalt, Kelly Lichter, and Jacob Winge.All Collier County voters can vote for one candidate from each of the three districts up for election in the August primary … Continue reading Meet the School Board Candidates: District 1

Collaborating on conversations with the School Board candidates

The following was written by my good friend and colleague Dianne Mayberry-Hatt of Naples.  It has been an honor and a pleasure to collaborate with her in a series of  one-on-one conversations with the Collier County School Board candidates. The hours we’ve spent have made us better-informed voters than we would have been otherwise, and … Continue reading Collaborating on conversations with the School Board candidates