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Candidate bios: District 4

Richard Leon, Jennifer Nelson

October 6, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The race for Cape Coral City Council District 4 features two candidates, incumbent Richard Leon and Jennifer Nelson: *

* Candidate name: Richard Leon (incumbent)

* Seat sought/district: Cape Coral City Council District 4

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Richard Leon, Jennifer Nelson

* Age: 30

* Education/degrees: Cape Coral High School, Class of 2005

* Occupation and place of employment: Business manager, Massage Envy; current Cape Coral City Council member, District 4

* Time in the district in which you are running/years of residency. 5 years; lifelong resident of Cape Coral

* Business experience applicable to the office you are seeking:

Four years on the Cape Coral City Council, dealt with multi-million dollar budgets, employee relations, and the most important aspect, customer service;

10 years, managing budgets ($5-10 million), payroll, managing employees (20-50), and customer service.

* Political Experience/offices held: City Council, elected in 2013; Lee County Human Services Council; Lee County Republican Executive Committee Precinct committeemen

* Civic/Community involvement: Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Leadership, Cape Coral Civic Association, Cape Coral Republican Club, Cape Coral Women's Federated Club.

* Family: Single

* Military Experience: none

* Website where voters can find more information on your candidacy:

www.richleon.com/www.facebook.com/4RichardLeon/

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* Candidate name: Jennifer I. Nelson

* Seat sought/district: City Council, District 4

* Age: 47

* Education/degrees:

University of Texas at Austin- BFA

* Occupation and place of employment:

Executive Director, Uncommon Friends Foundation

* Time in the district in which you are running/years of residency: Moved to the Cape in November of 2008, Purchased a home in District 4 in 2014 and have lived in this district for 3 years

* Business experience applicable to the office you are seeking:

Worked in Operations and logistics for 24 years with Goodwill Industries working at 4 Goodwills around the country including Texas, California, and Florida., managed budgets as high at $30,000,000, managed departments with 250 people and supervised as many as 10 direct reports. Currently, serves as the Executive Director of the Uncommon Friends Foundation which focuses on character education, business ethics, and historic preservation.

* Political Experience/offices held:

None

* Civic/Community involvement:

PACE Center for Girls of Lee County Board of Directors

Recycle Florida Today, Ex Officio Board Chairman

Women in Business Committee- Greater Fort Myers Chamber

Lee County Sustainability Advisory Committee- SWFL Community Foundation

City of Cape Coral Budget Review Committee

Cape Coral Civic Association- Member

* Family:

Piper Swift, daughter ?

* Military Experience: None

* Website where voters can find more information on your candidacy:

www.nelsonfordistrict4.com/

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* Editor's Note: All biographical information provided by the candidates.

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Important Dates:

- GENERAL, Nov. 7, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Voter Registration Book Closes, Oct. 10

* Early Voting (general election), Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1-4

- Lee County Elections Cape Coral Branch Office, 1031 S.E. 9th Place Unit 3

- Cape Coral Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace

- Voter registration:

Applications are available online at www.leeelections.com, at all Lee County libraries, and other locations including Cape Coral City Hall at 1015 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce at 2051 Cape Coral Parkway, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and all Lee County Supervisor of Elections offices including the one in the Cape at 1031 S.E. 9th Place Unit 3 A full list is available at www.leeelections.com.

 
 
 

 

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