Sunday, August 28, 2016

Recapping my Election Recommendations

ELECTION DAY IS
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30!
Tuesday is – finally! – Election Day. Several races important to Collier County voters will be decided: School Board members from Districts 2 and 4, County Commissioner for District 2, and Collier County’s Clerk of Courts and Property Appraiser. In addition, our representatives to the Florida House and Senate will be chosen in closed Republican primaries, although technically the winners will face write-in candidate challengers in November. See my post about the phony write-in loophole here. In addition, voters will decide on an amendment to Florida’s constitution regarding the taxation of solar energy systems.

View your sample ballot here.

A lot is at stake and I am anxiously awaiting the results.

Here is a recap of my recommendations for Collier voters, with links back to the posts where you can review the research and my rationale:

Elections open to registered Republicans in the stated district only
  • U.S. Congress, District 19: Chauncey Goss. Analysis here. The winner will face Democrat Robert Neeld in November.
  • Florida Senate, District 28: Kathleen Passidomo. Analysis here. The winner will face two write-in candidates in November.
  • Florida House, District 106: Lavigne Kirkpatrick. Analysis here. The winner will face one write-in candidate in November.
  • Florida House, District 80: Joe Davidow. Analysis here. The winner will face one write-in candidate in November.
  • Collier County Commission, District 3: Russell Tuff. Analysis here and here. The winner will face Democrat Annisa Karim in November.
  • Collier County Commission, District 5: Randy Cash. Analysis here and here. The winner will face Democrat Tamara Paquette in November.

Elections open to all registered Republicans in Collier County
  • U.S. Senate, Republican primary: Carlos Beruff. Analysis here.

Elections open to all registered Democrats in Collier County
  • U.S. Senate, Democratic primary: Patrick Murphy. Analysis here.

Elections open to registered voters in the stated district, regardless of party affiliation:
  • Collier County Commission, District 2: Andy Solis. Analysis here and here.

Elections open to all registered voters in Collier County, regardless of party affiliation:
  • Collier County School Board, District 2: Stephanie Lucarelli. Analysis here and here.
  • Collier County School Board, District 4: Erick Carter. Analysis here and here.
  • Collier County Clerk of Courts: Dwight Brock. Analysis here and here.
  • Collier County Property Appraiser: Abe Skinner. Analysis here.
  • State constitutional amendment 4: Yes. Analysis here.

Voter turnout for early voting has set a record for primary elections in at least 10 years, according to the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office. Hopefully the same will hold true for the election as a whole, and not just reflect a shift from Election Day to early and vote-by-mail voting.

We’ll know on Wednesday.

Thank you to all who have considered my research and recommendations in the past 3–1/2 months since my first “Get Ready to Vote” post in May. Fingers crossed!



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