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Nov. 3 election is key

October 31, 2009
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The general election for Cape Coral City Council is Tuesday and registered voters have two more opportunities to cast a ballot.

The Lee County Elections Main Office at 2480 Thompson St. in Fort Myers and the Cape Coral Branch Office at 1031 S.E. 9th Place, Suite 3, will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today for the last of six "early voting" days, giving Cape voters one last chance to vote ahead of election day.

On Tuesday, polls throughout the city will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Cape Coral voters will decide four council seats, including the office of mayor.

In the mayor's race the candidates are Jim Burch and John Sullivan. In District 1 the candidates are Jim Martin and Kenneth "Marty" McClain. In District 4 the candidates are Dolores Bertolini and Chris Chulakes-Leetz. In District 6 the candidates are John Cataldi Jr. and Kevin McGrail. The incumbents are Jim Burch in the mayoral race and Dolores Bertolini in District 4; no sitting council members are running in District 1 or District 6.

We again thank all of the candidates for stepping forward.

We also thank those who have already voted and urge those who have not to find some time today or Tuesday.

While dueling views are nothing new in Cape politics, seldom - if ever - has there been such a wide divide between candidate ideologies and their professed approach to resolving the city's very real challenges ahead.

With half the council seats on the ballot, each vote does matter.

Registered voters can cast a ballot in every race; Cape municipal elections are non-partisan and citywide, meaning all voters living in Cape Coral can vote in each race regardless of party affiliation or the district in which they live.

We urge voters to choose wisely, to be informed.

We invite you to start on our Web site, , where special election coverage, complete with bios and q&a's with the candidates, has been posted under "sections" at the top left side of the page. Other news organizations have posted similar informational compilations on-line as well and we invite you to visit these sites, too, because we firmly believe that informed voters, armed with good, factual information, offer us all the best opportunity for a true, representative government.

Campaign Web sites and campaign literature also abound and these consumer-directed sites and pieces are useful to voters as well, especially savvy voters who know that if promises sound too good to be true they probably can't be kept. Or that mudslinging tends to splash more than the intended target.

Take a look - and please plan to vote.

Early voting concludes today. The polls open 7 a.m. and close 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.

- Breeze editorial

Breeze Endorsements*

Race: Mayor

Vote Jim Burch

Race: District 1, Cape Coral City Council

Vote Kenneth "Marty" McClain

Race: District 4, Cape Coral City Council

Vote Dolores Bertolini

Race: District 6, Cape Coral City Council

Vote Kevin McGrail

* Full candidates endorsements may be found on-line at under "editorials."



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