Meet the candidates: Chamber ‘Hobnob’ is Monday
By TIFFANY REPECKI
Cape Coral residents have an opportunity to get to know the candidates running for office in the primary election and ask them questions during a public event next week.
The Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral’s Government Affairs Committee will host its Candidates Hobnob on Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gulf Coast Village. It marks the 10th year for the event.
“We started it as an event to do before the primary – kind of a meet-and-greet,” Donna Germain, the chamber’s president, said. “You get to get in front of the candidates and ask them your questions.”
The event is free and open to the community.
Some of the local races that will be represented include the Lee County Clerk of Courts, Lee County Commission, Lee County Property Appraiser and Tax Collector, Lee County School Board, Lee County Sheriff, Lee County Supervisor of Elections and the Lee Memorial Health System board of directors.
The candidates for Lee County Court judge and 20th Judicial Circuit judge were also invited.
“We kind of go through basically everyone,” she said.
Local races for the Florida Senate and House of Representatives are included, as well.
“We usually get most of them out,” Germain said.
“It’s a lot more of the local people, but we do get a good mix,” she added.
Last year, approximately 300 to 350 people attended the event.
“We had a good flow throughout the night,” Germain said.
The Supervisor of Elections Office will host a straw poll during the event.
“They provide us with a mock ballot,” she said.
Attendees will use the official elections machines to cast their ballot.
“It’s good practice for election day,” Germain said.
The results of the straw poll will be revealed by the end of the night.
People will also have a chance to register to vote on site.
There will be a 50/50 raffle, with the proceeds going to the chamber’s committee.
“It’s to help put on events like this for the public,” she said.
After the primary election, the chamber will host a candidates forum for the community.
A time and day for the forum had not been decided as of Thursday.
Germain encouraged residents to stop by on Monday.
“We provide forums like this and events like this for the public to become educated on the issues and on the people they’re voting for,” she said. “It’s very important to become an educated voter.”
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available.
For more information, contact 239-549-6900 or visit: www.capecoralchamber.com. People can also visit the Facebook page at: “www.facebook.com/ChamberofCommerceofCapeCoral.
Gulf Coast Village is at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd.
The Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral is at 2051 E. Cape Coral Parkway.