Brandt, Deile out; Donnell holds seat
Two Cape Coral incumbents have lost their city council seats while a third retained his by a tight margin.
With 43 of 43 precincts counted, challenger John M. Carioscia Sr., with nearly 57 percent of the vote, defeated incumbent Pete Brandt in District 2. Brandt pulled 43.10 percent of the vote.
In District 3, challenger Leonard “Lenny” Nesta Jr. took 55.46 percent of the vote over incumbent William P. Deile’s 44.54 percent.
In District 7, incumbent Derrick Donnell held off challenger David Stokes 51.35 percent to 48.65 precent.
The race for District 5 featured two newcomers – Rana Erbrick and Scott Morris. Erbrick won the seat with 53.45 percent of the vote to Scott’s 46.55 percent.
Voters also rejected two city charter amendments while approving one.
Voters rejected an amendment that would have allowed council to establish personnel standards without a recommendation from the city manager; rejected an amendment that would have changed language pertaining to how individual council members could deal with city staff when conducting inquires and investigations; and approved an amendment concerning how much “at will” employees receive as severence if terminated without cause.
Election results are unofficial until certified by the Supervisor of Elections.