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Candidates qualify for city election

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Jan 18, 2021

With the qualifying period for the city of Sanibel’s March 2 election closing as of Jan. 15, six candidates are now in the running for three city council seats that will appear on the ballot.

The candidates are aiming to take up the seats currently held by Mayor Mick Denham, who is not seeking re-election, and Councilmembers Chauncey Goss and Jerry Muench, who were appointed late last year to replace former Mayor Kevin Ruane and Councilmember Jason Maughan in the interim.

The pool of candidates includes Mary Bondurant, Scott Crater, Tim Drobnyk, John Henshaw, Jason Maughan and Mike Miller. Elections held for Sanibel City Council seats are non-partisan races.

IMPORTANT VOTER INFORMATION

– Feb. 1: Deadline to register to vote for the March 2 election

– Feb. 20: Deadline to request a mail ballot, as well as return a ballot through the mail

For more information visit https://www.lee.vote or call 239-533-8683.

There are two forums planned so far to help Sanibel voters learn more about the candidates.

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual Zoom forum on Jan. 21 starting at noon. The format will include a predetermined question-and-answer with the candidates.

A celebrity moderator, NBC2 anchor Peter Busch, will lead the event.

Attendees need not belong to the chamber to participate and can receive an invitation by contacting chamber Member Services Manager Ashley Pignato at 239-472-8255 or Ashley@sanibel-captiva.org.

A Zoom recording of the forum will be accessible via the chamber’s Website after the event.

The League of Women Voters of Sanibel will sponsor a forum on Feb. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Community House on Sanibel. It will also be held as a live-steamed virtual Webinar. Professor Roger Green, head of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Political Science Department, will be the moderator.

Details will be available at http://lwvsanibel.org, on Facebook and in local newspapers.