Johnston falls short in campaign for District 1 seat
It appears that Carla Brooks Johnston’s bid to become the next Sanibel resident to sit on the Lee County Board of County Commissioners has ended.
At 8:20 p.m. Tuesday evening, with 97.66 percent of the vote counted, Johnston made her concession speech before a small group of island supporters at Ellington’s Jazz Club and Restaurant, reporting that Republican John Manning of Cape Coral had been elected as County Commissioner for District 1.
“I want to thank all of you. Everyone did a fantastic job on the campaign,” said Johnston, who ran without a party affiliation. “What we tried to do, which is most important if we’re looking to solve any of the problems we’re facing, is to bring together every spectrum of voters in Lee County. And I think we were successful in doing that.”
With 167 of 171 precincts counted, Manning garnered 81,733 votes (or 66.58 percent) while Johnston yielded 41,018 votes (33.42 percent).
Johnston took time to recognize the 153 volunteers who worked on her campaign as well as more than 300 monetary contributors.
“We are really at a moment of opportunity,” she said. “I am hoping that all of the people who worked on my campaign remain active in politics. Be a participant, not a spectator.”
In the other commission races, incumbent Brian Bigelow won in a landslide over Debbie Jordan in District 2 while Tammy Hall retained her seat and defeated Debbie Jackow in District 4.
Also, the Captiva Erosion Bond Referendum was approved, with 75.54 percent of voters casting ballots in favor of bonds.
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