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Primary is key

September 6, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral Primary Election is Tuesday.

It's a key election as it will decide which candidates will appear on the General Election ballot in November.

That means if you have a particular candidate or candidates in mind for either District 1 or the mayor's race, your opportunity to be heard is now.

There are six candidates seeking the community's vote for mayor. They are Daniel "Dan" Ashby, Alan "AJ" Boyd, David P. Carr. Vincent A. Cummings, Marni Lin Sawicki and incumbent John J. Sullivan.

Running in District 1 are James "Jim" Burch, Steven L. Golub, David R. Headd and Graham Madison Morris.

The top two vote getters in these races will advance to the general election in November, which also will feature the District 4 and 6 council seats.

Running in District 4 in the General Election are incumbent Chris N. Chulakes-Leetz and Richard Leon.

Running in District 6 are incumbent Kevin M. McGrail and Rick Williams.

Every registered voter can vote in every race on the ballot in both the primary and the general election: City council races are non-partisan, and all members are elected citywide although council members must live in the district they represent.

All Cape voters have two more chances to vote early - today and Saturday - with polls open throughout the city, of course, on Election Day.

Turnout in city primaries has been traditionally low, with just over 11 percent turning out two years ago.

Turnout this year isn't shaping up to be much better.

That's a shame for both the city and the candidates, all of whom have been working hard to not only get their messages out, but also to urge voters to make their voices heard.

Early voting hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday at the office in Cape Coral or at the Constitutional Complex at 2480 Thompson St. in Fort Myers on the 3rd floor.

On Tuesday, polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We invite you to vote.

And, if you still have questions about the candidates, we invite you to read.

Our Election 2013 section, which includes all of our "questions of the week" coverage (See page 9A of today's paper) may be found on-line under news at .

Lastly, we thank the candidates who took the time to work for our vote in the primary.

Win or lose on Tuesday, your efforts are to be commended.

- Breeze editorial



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