The City Council election is nearly upon us. Five candidates are contesting for the three open seats. Historically one or more of the seven Council members has lived in our area. Currently, however, none do, though one of the three first-time candidates, Ian Rudnick, does reside in Park Shore.

If you have yet to make up your mind on which candidate or candidates to vote for, GSAC recommends you view the recent League of Women Voters City Council Candidates Forum held on January 13.

According to the Collier County Election tracker, 1,722 mail-in ballots had been cast by Thursday, January 20. That number represents just 10.44% of the 16,497 eligible voters. Precincts 462 (Park Shore) and 464 (the Moorings) were reporting a total of 916 ballots received, which is more than half the total. You can track your ballot here.

Early in-person voting begins next Wednesday, January 26, and runs through Saturday, January 29th from 10 am to 6 pm daily at the Cambier Park Norris Center, 755 8th Avenue S., and at the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office in the County Government Center at 3750 Enterprise Avenue.

If you have not yet mailed in your completed Vote-by-Mail ballot, you can also drop it off at the Vote-by-Mail Drop Boxes at the Norris Center (10 am-6 pm), the County Elections Office, (8 am-5 pm), or the satellite office at 2335 Orange Blossom Drive (8 am-5 pm).

Election Day, Tuesday, February 1st is your final opportunity to cast a ballot. Your local polling station, depending on which precinct you are in, is located at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 Park Shore Dr or at the Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr. Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm. Voters in line by 7 pm will be allowed to cast a ballot.

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