Saturday, January 23, 2016

Upcoming Naples mayoral and city council candidate forums

While only residents of the City of Naples can vote in City elections, decisions of the Naples mayor and city council affect many of us. From the League of Women Voters of Collier County:
The first of a year-long series of public forums sponsored by a broad-based civic coalition are set for next week. 
The races for mayor of Naples and three seats on City Council will be featured from 6 to 7:30 p.m.on January 25 and 27 respectively at Naples City Hall. 
The events will be broadcast live on the city's Comcast cable channel 98. Incumbent Mayor John Sorey and City Council members Bill Barnett and Teresa Heitmann will face off January 25, and council candidates Ellen Siegel, Reg Buxton, James Moon, Michelle McLeod and Wynn Phillips will discuss the issues on January 27. 
Election day in Naples is March 15. All the races are non-partisan. For council, the top three vote-getters win four-year terms. 
Sponsoring organizations for this and further state and local political forums are the League of Women Voters of Collier County, Collier Citizens Council, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Collier County Presidents Council, Greater Naples Better Government Committee, Naples Press Club, Pelican Bay Property Owners Association, East Naples Civic Association, Greater Naples Leadership, Golden Gate Civic Association and the Golden Gate Estates Area Civic Association. 
Retired Naples Daily News editorial page editor Jeff Lytle will moderate. Candidates will field written questions from sponsoring groups and the audience. 
To vote in the March 15 election, you must be registered to vote by February 16. For more information, visit www.colliervotes.com and the City of Naples Election 2016 webpage here.

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