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Local voters hear from candidates during council’s political forum

August 22, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

More than a hundred Lehigh Acres residents and campaign supporters gathered at Veteran's Park for the Lehigh Acres Community Council's Candidate Forum.

The event, held Aug. 11, was jointly sponsored by the Lehigh Acres Community Council, Kiwanis Club, Jaycee's Foundation, and Lehigh Acres 1st.

Residents were able to stop by and get to more know about the candidates running for local government positions.

Lehigh Acres Community Council President Rick Anglickis moderated the event which was mainly targeted for candidates who will be on the Aug. 28 Primary Election ballot.

According to Anglickis, candidates who attended the forum included candidates running for state senate, local politicians who will be representing the Lehigh Acres area, and a few who will not have the opportunity to attend forums in Lehigh Acres prior to November election.

"Overall the forum was a successful one despite severe thunderstorm that started 30 minutes before the meeting and ended in the early afternoon, which hampered a possible larger crowd," said Anglickis.

According to Anglickis, candidates mixed well with those in attendance, and everyone who came got an opportunity to meet and speak with the 20 candidates who attended the forum.

"For candidates, it was a great way to get to know the voters here in Lehigh Acres," Anglickis said.

For many of the candidates, this was one of the largest local forums they have attended.

Throughout the afternoon, candidates had an opportunity to take part in a meet-and-greet with attendees and present their campaign literature. They also got a limited amount of time on the microphone to address the voters from the "soap box".

At the conclusion of the presentations, ice cream was served on the patio and a straw ballot was held.

The results of the straw ballot will be posted online at the Community Council's website, and also on the Council's Facebook page.

Each year the community council aligns with supporting agencies to host the large election forums, which puts candidates front-and-center with voters in the community.

According to Anglickis, the council has had pretty high turn-outs throughout the years.

"Our previous forums have been very successful," said Anglickis.

The Lehigh Acres Community Council meets at the Lee County Sheriff's Office East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N.

For more information, visit the Lehigh Acres Community Council online at:



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