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Bondurant for Sanibel City Council

By Staff | Feb 2, 2021

To the editor:

We know of no other Sanibel resident who is more suited in personality, temperament, ability and experience to serve on the Sanibel City Council than Mary Bondurant. She has given so much over so many years to benefit the Sanibel community, and it is her strong desire to continue to do so by serving on the city council.

Bondurant has always had the best of work ethics since age 9 when she began working at her parents’ Poconos hotel. There she not only learned the value of hard work, but also gained an understanding of how a small community interconnects with a resort community. As a young adult, Bondurant served in the Air Force and the Air National Guard, where she honed her leadership skills.

Since moving to Sanibel in 1997 with her husband, Fred, and two children, Bondurant has had unparalleled experience in volunteer service to Sanibel. Upon her arrival here, she became active with the Children’s Education Center of the Islands and The Sanibel School, joining the PTA, coaching sports teams, serving as a scout leader and effectively advocating for the extension of the school from a K-5 facility to a K-8 facility so that middle-schoolers did not have to be bussed off island to attend classes.

When her children grew older, Bondurant expanded her volunteer activities, serving on more than a dozen Sanibel organizations and boards. She is the most recent past chair of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce and served on the chamber’s board for five years to the present date. She has been a docent at and is currently on the board of the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. She has served as a docent for the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and has actively helped raise funds for it, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva and other island nonprofit organizations. She founded and runs the annual Let’s Pink Out Sanibel cancer care fundraising event, annually coordinates the Sanibel Thanksgiving celebration, and assists every year in the organization of Sanibel’s Fourth of July parade. She is a member of and has served as president of the Sanibel chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. Her further involvement in the community includes memberships in Zonta, the Sanibel Community Association, America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva, Island Cotillion and Lee Coast Chapter of the Military Officers’ Association.

Over the years, Bondurant has received numerous accolades and awards attesting to both her excellence and her commitment to the Sanibel community. Most recently, on Jan. 22, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International named Bondurant a Paul Harris Fellow “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.” She was simultaneously honored with the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club’s Business Person of the Year Vocational Service Award for “Service Above Self.”

A bright and optimistic person, Bondurant is goal-oriented, efficient and, as is evidenced by her numerous accomplishments, indefatigably energetic. She offers Sanibel and its residents all of the following attributes and more:

– Exceptional leadership skills

– Strong community ties to Sanibel as a 24-year full-time resident and successful island Realtor

– A thorough understanding of the history of Sanibel, as well as its current needs

– A genuine regard for Sanibel’s residents, businesses school, water and land

– Leadership, communication, negotiation, organization and relationship-building skills

– An innate ability to listen to all people and provide a culture where everyone can be heard and respected and problems can be solved

– The motivation to ensure that Sanibel retains its economic and environmental well-being while preserving its historic culture and charm

– A sincere desire to serve Sanibel and to keep it strong, economically sound and functioning efficiently

– The willingness and ability to devote as much time as needed to city council duties

It is important to note that Bondurant has not entered the race for city council in order to rise to higher political levels, but rather solely from a call of duty to Sanibel and its residents. Nor is she a “one issue” candidate but rather deeply cares about all of Sanibel’s concerns. She recognizes the need to respond in innovative ways to the challenges presented by current events while continuing to maintain our unique island qualities.

To sum up, Bondurant has the ability and the determination to do what it takes to serve on city council and to effectively and efficiently get the job done. We hope you will join us in voting for Bondurant for city council on March 2 because, in short, a vote for her is a vote for Sanibel.

Barbara Beran and Rick Shewring

Sanibel