Candidates Byron Donalds (R) and Cindy Banyai (D) participated in a debate Monday for U.S. District 19 Congressional District Seat on WGCU Public Media. The seat is currently held by retiring U.S. Rep Francis Rooney. Candidates debated current issues on the environment, education, and the economy.
The LWV Collier County Voter Services Committee hosted a Candidate Forum with the candidates for the Florida State Representative House District 106 on Zoom Sept. 9th. Questions concerning key issues in District 106 including the Covid 19 response, housing, education, and the Clean Waterways Act were answered by the candidates.
The Collier County Forum Coalition* has questioned the candidates for Florida’s 19th Congressional District on a set of important issues. Candidates from both parties were asked to respond by email. Their written responses have been compiled by Sally Tiffany (Naples Better Government) and Joyce Fletcher (LWVCC Member and Coalition Chair): 19th Congressional Race – Candidate Responses
*The Collier County League of Women Voters, Greater Naples Leadership, Collier Citizens Council, Press Club of Southwest Florida, Naples Better Government, Leadership Coalition on Aging and the Collier County Presidents Council.
The candidates for the Collier Board of County Commissioners District 5 and District 1 squared off in a forum to exchange views and address key issues. The event, co-sponsored by LWVCC, was streamed live on Tuesday July 7.
Election Day is March 17, 2020 for the mayoral and city council races.
Learn more about each candidate on their official websites.
People have been expressing their disappointment over the League’s cancellation of the US Representative Districts 19 and 25 candidate forum. We share your disappointment. Open dialog and exchange of ideas and opinions are key to our democracy and we were looking forward to providing Collier County citizens with the opportunity to hear from all candidates in these races.
In May we began contacting all candidates prior to the Primary to “save the date” for a forum on September 17th. Communications over the summer led us to be optimistic that candidates would be available. However, we were wrong.
One of League’s core missions is to encourage voting and educating on issues. However, we also do not support a candidate or party.
Over many years, the League at the national, state and local levels has developed best practices and guidelines for debates and forums:
For Federal races (U.S. House, U.S. Senate) an empty chair debate (where only one candidate is present) can NOT be held as it can be considered an “in-kind” contribution or providing “something of value” to a federal candidate by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) and thus subject to the contributions or expenditures limitations, reporting requirements and prohibitions of federal election laws.” (Source: FAQ’s Candidate Forums – Debates)