School Board Candidate Forums Begin Today; More to Come!

School Board Candidate
Forums begin today!

Almost half our property taxes support public education in Florida, yet fewer than ten percent of registered voters elected two school board members in the 2014 mid-term elections.

This August, three school board seats are on the ballot, and all Collier voters, regardless of the district they live in, can vote in each of the three races.

And since School Board elections are nonpartisan, all registered voters can vote in August, when school board elections are frequently decided  regardless of party affiliation.

All seven candidates to-date for the three seats on the ballot have said they will participate in the upcoming forums. They are:

District 1 – Jory Westberry
District 3 – Victor Dotres, Jen Mitchell, Kathy Ryan
District 5 – Darlene Alvarez, Mary Ellen Cash, Roy M Terry III
If a campaign website could not be found, the link is to filings.

You’ll be amazed how much more prepared for voting you will feel after you’ve met the candidates, heard them speak, or watched a candidate forum. So mark your calendar now and plan to attend!

TODAY! Monday, May 7 — 6 – 7:30 PM – School Board Candidate Forum, sponsored by Greater Naples Better Government Committee, Collier Citizen’s Council, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Greater Naples Leadership, Collier County Presidents Council, Greater Naples Better Government Committee, League of Women Voters Collier County, Naples Press Club. The Norris Center, 755 8th Avenue S., Naples (directions)

Thursday, May 10 — Doors open at 5 PM, Forum starts at 5:30 PM – School Board Candidate Forum, sponsored by Florida Citizens’ Alliance. Marco Island Historical Society, 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island (directions)

Wednesday, May 23 — 5 – 7 PM – School Board Candidate Forum, sponsored by Coalition for Quality Public Education (C4QPE), Collier County NAACP, Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples (directions)

July 11, 5 PM — School Board Candidate Forum, sponsored by Coalition for Quality Public Education (C4QPE), NAACP of Collier County, Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island (directions)

I hope to see you at one of these events!

Note: As published 05/07/18, we wrote that the July 11 forum would be at the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. Updated 05/07/18:  The July 11 forum will be at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. 

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