Meet the Candidates

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On March 15th, Fort Myers Beach voters will head to the polls to elect two members of Town Council. There are six qualified candidates who will be on the ballot, plus one qualified write-in candidate, whose name will not be on the ballot, but a blank line will be provided to write-in the name.

Qualifying week ended Friday, January 29th at noon, solidifying the ballot. In alphabetical order the candidates are: Dan Andre, Dennis Boback, Bruce Butcher, Tracey Gore, Jack Green and Suzanne Katt. Ber Stevenson has qualified as a write-in candidate.

The Sand Paper has offered all candidates the opportunity to announce their candidacy and share their opinions with our readers at no cost. We will also print their answers to a series of Ask the Candidate questions throughout the month of February. The Island Sand Paper Campaign Policy has been shared with candidates and is available in our office or by email on request.

There are several candidate forums scheduled over the next few weeks giving Islanders ample opportunity to get to know the candidates. As of press time, the candidate forums we are aware of include Commotion by the Ocean sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce on February 24th, a forum sponsored by Hank Zuba, Al Durrett and Dan Parker at Fish Tale Marina on March 3rd and two forums to be held at Chapel by the Sea, one on February 10th and another on March 2nd.

As this campaign season begins, we asked all candidates a few brief questions this week about their background. Here are their responses:

 

Dan Andre (Incumbent)

Previous elected office: Town Council & Vice Mayor

Service on Town Advisory Committees:  Marine Resources Task Force, Local Planning Agency

Education: B.A. Business, Tampa College; 4 years at University of West Florida studying Environmental Marine Biology.

Community Organization Membership: Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve, Chamber of Commerce

Community Volunteer Experience:  Matanzas Pass Preserve

 

Dennis Boback

Previous elected office: Town Council & Mayor

Service on Town Advisory Committees:  COP Ad Hoc Committee

Education: B.A. Business Management/Finance; B.A. Restaurant & Hotel Management

 Community Organization Membership: FMB Civic Association

Community Volunteer Experience:  4th of July Parade Manager for 5 years.

 

Bruce Butcher

Previous elected office: none

Service on Town Advisory Committees:  Public Safety Committee, Local Planning Agency, Downtown Ad Hoc Committee

Education: B.B.A. University of Cincinnati; graduate studies

Community Organization Membership: President, Laguna Shores Homeowners Association; Bike/Walk/Lee Board

Community Volunteer Experience:  none

 

Tracey Gore

Previous elected office: none

Service on Town Advisory Committees:  Downtown Ad Hoc Committee, Public Safety Task Force.

Education: B.A. Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, FGCU

Community Organization Membership: Beach Kids Foundation, Ostego Bay Foundation, Beach School PTO, CERT, American Legion Auxiliary, Moose

Community Volunteer Experience:  Shrimp Festival Pageant Coordinator, Firefighters Union 1826, Matanzas Pass Preserve, Spirit of the Holidays, Blessing of the Fleet

 

Jack Green

Previous elected office: Beach Library Board

Service on Town Advisory Committees:  Anchorage Advisory Committee

Education: B.A. Biology; M.S. Computer Information Technology

Community Organizations: FMB Little League; American Legion

Community Volunteer Experience:  Little League

 

Suzanne Katt

Previous elected office: none

Service on Town Advisory Committees:  Local Planning Agency

Education: B.A. History and Political Science; Juris Doctor, Indiana University

Community Organizations: FMB Community Foundation, Friends of the Beach Library

Community Volunteer Experience: Beach Library; beach clean-ups

 

Ber Stevenson

Write-in Candidate

Previous elected office: none

Service on Town Advisory Committees:  none

Education: B.A. University Studies, Southern Illinois University

Community Organizations: none

Community Volunteer Experience:  none