August 29 – City of Fort Myers Ward 4 Candidate Forum



August 29 - City of Fort Myers Ward 4 Candidate Forum

Join Tiger Bay Club of Southwest Florida on August 29 for a Forum Discussion with City of Fort Myers Ward 4 Candidate

The City of Fort Myers Ward 4 Seat is a hotly contested race. Covering areas along U.S. 41 south from the Edison Bridge to Winkler Avenue and the Edison Mall, five candidates have tossed their hat in the ring and are actively vying for the position.

The primary elections will take place on Tuesday, August 28. The following day, Tiger Bay Club of Southwest Florida will host the winning candidate, or runoff candidates, if it occurs, at a forum discussion to share their views on the current issues facing the City and vision for solutions. The speaker is a mystery, but the topic won’t be. Come join us on August 29 to find out who it will be.

The five candidates, include:

Kevin Anderson
Why He’s Running for Office: To return City Hall to the people. I believe our neighborhoods and residents have been neglected. It’s time to stop paying so much attention to special interest groups and start paying more attention to the residents and the issues that really matter.

Connie Bennett-Martin
Why She’s Running for Office: I have been considering running for City Council for 8 years. After attending City Council meetings for the past 10 years, I have grown more disappointed with the management, lack of citizen input and fiscal irresponsibility of our city. At these meetings, I have seen a growing disparity in the way local business owners and out-of-town developers are treated.

Mike Doyle – Senior Associate with LandQwest Commercial
Why He’s Running for Office: I feel that at this time in my life I should give back to the city I grew up in and love.

Christopher Pierce
Why He’s Running for Office: To make real change. The development of the downtown hotel is a prime example of sacrificing our tax base to private speculators and putting opportunity for growth in the hands of private speculators. If we continue this type of development we will lose the tax base we need to build streets and upgrade and maintain our infrastructure and grow our city for all our citizens.

Leigh Eby Scrabis
Why She’s Running for Office:This is a critical time for the City with important decisions and growth initiatives that will impact our citizens, our budgets and our quality of life for decades to come. After 14 years of working as a City employee for the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency, most recently as Executive Director, I feel the time is right for me to take my experience from the operational side and now dedicate my future to serving as a civil servant on the elected official side. My ability to bring a different perspective, but a realistic one on how the City really operates, as well as my knowledge base of city issues, uniquely positions me to understand the various facets and how they fit together.

Know Before You Go: Each of the candidates recently sat down with The News-Press to share their perspective and discuss topics from solutions on cleaning up toxic sludge dump sight, to evaluating city manager Saeed Kazemi and Police Chief Derrick Diggs and solving water quality problems. Read the full article here.


Date: Wednesday, August 29
Registration and networking at 11:30 a.m., with lunch and program at noon.

The Marina at Edison Ford
2360 West First St.
Ft. Myers 33901

Tickets are $35 for members; $45 for non-member

Please don’t hesitate to send in your questions prior to the event to OR ensure you write them down the day of the event.

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