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Marcelo wins Lee County Sheriff’s race

By CJ HADDAD / cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com - | Nov 3, 2020

Incumbent Sheriff Carmine Marceno will continue to serve as Lee County sheriff, coming out victorious in tonight’s General Election.

Marceno earned an overwhelming 66.93 percent of the vote (252,443 votes) in the four-way race with Democratic opponent Robert Neeld earning 27.75 percent (104,670) and no party affiliation candidates Michael “Coach Ray” Qualls and Carmen McKinney earning 2.77 percent and 2.55 percent, respectively.

“Words cannot describe how honored I am to have been elected as your sheriff,” Marceno said in a statement. “I am dedicated to my mission and the residents of this county will be safe. I am proud to have the support of the great residents of Lee County. I won’t let you down.”

Marceno was appointed sheriff by former Florida Gov. Rick Scott following the retirement of former Sheriff Mike Scott in 2018.

“I am looking forward to continue bringing the highest level of service to Lee County,” Marceno said. “This is just the beginning. There will be more community policing and less guns and drugs on the streets. I’m ready to get back to work.”

Marceno has 20-plus years of law enforcement service. When it comes to his time in Florida, Marceno was first a part of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked in many different divisions throughout the department. With the LCSO, Marceno served in the Public Services Division for a few years before Scott promoted him to under-sheriff. He is a 2017 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Planks of his platform included “Safe Kids Safe Schools,” holding career criminals accountable, the opioid crisis, animal abuse and cruelty and common outreach.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me, my family, to include all of them at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and the great residents of this county. I am proud to be your sheriff,” he said.

All election results are unofficial until certified.