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Caldwell takes primary in Lee Property Appraiser’s race

By CJ HADDAD / cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com - | Aug 21, 2020

Aug. 18’s Primary Election result saw Matt Caldwell earning the Republican nomination in the race for Lee County Property Appraiser.

Caldwell received 59.47 percent of the vote (46,015 votes) while his opponent, Matt Miller, received 40.53 percent (31,363 votes).

“It’s really a fantastic honor (to be the Republican nominee),” Caldwell said. “I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished here in Lee County over the last decade and the chance to follow in the footsteps of somebody like (outgoing property appraiser) Ken Wilkinson who shaped state-wide policy when it comes to real estate taxes and looking out for the best interest of voters.”

“It’s a great opportunity, I’m excited about it,” he added.

Caldwell will go on to the General Election where a write-in candidate, Elaina Cosentino, has qualified.

Caldwell said the plan going forward is to “continue to share the message.”

“(We need to) make sure the voters know what we stand for, what (my) qualifications are — my background as a real estate appraiser and private practice and my vision to continue to the legacy of being an advocate for the taxpayer,” he said.

Caldwell, 38, is a life-long Lee County resident and property appraiser at Maxwell, Hendry, & Simmons Property Appraiser and Partner at TM Strategic Consulting.

Caldwell began in the appraisal industry in 2002 and joined the Maxwell, Hendry, & Simmons firm in 2004. He is experienced in multiple property types, as well as litigation related services, being qualified as an expert witness in multiple jurisdictions.

Caldwell was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2010-18, serving on several committees including tax policy, redistricting, insurance, and banking. He also chaired subcommittees and full committees related to agriculture, natural and public lands, transportation and infrastructure, local, federal, military affairs, & oversight of government operations, such as pensions & elections.

All results are unofficial until certified.