Candidates Kevin Anderson and Jacquelyn McMiller will move on to the general election ballot to decide the race for mayor of the City of Fort Myers.
None of the candidates for mayor reached the threshold of 50% of the vote plus 1 needed to win the race outright during the Florida primary Tuesday. So the rules dictate the top two vote-getters move on to the general election.
Both Anderson and McMiller spoke to WINK News after the results were in on election night.
“You know my time on the council, I have worked very hard to be accessible, responsive, and transparent,” Anderson said. “And I think people appreciate that. And they are looking for a different leadership right now.”
“This is the year of the women,” McMiller said. “This is the year that, not only the woman, but everyone is stepping up and saying it is time for a change, and it’s a time for a positive change. It’s a time where this city is going to come together and just work together to thrive, and I cannot wait to see that happen.”
Candidate Gaile Anthony respectively does not move on to the general election in the race for mayor.
The winner in the race for Fort Myers mayor during the general election replaces former Mayor Randy Henderson, who left his seat to pursue the Republican nomination for U.S. House Florida District 19. Republican candidate Byron Donald claimed nomination victory for District 19 on election night.