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Meet the candidates
July 14, 2017

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The Breeze is committed to providing abundant election coverage.

To that end, we begin with an introduction of the candidates and ask why they are running and we move rapidly into issue-related Q&As. These are presented graph style by City Council seat so that voters may easily familiarize themselves with each candidate's position on key issues.

We create a special Election category in our news online so voters can find all of the "Questions of the Week." We also include all of the election-related stories The Breeze will report en route to the Sept. 12 Primary for mayor and Council seats 1 & 4, and the Nov. 7 General Election, which will add face-offs in Council Districts 5 & 6.

New this year, we've created a reader forum where candidates may post information and readers may comment, ask a question of their own, or request clarification.

We strive to be comprehensive and we invite voters to read, please, but also to go a step further: Plan to attend at least one forum and meet the people seeking to represent us for the next four years.

Yes, information, factually presented, is important but so is meeting the person behind the photo, behind the text. And hearing them answer questions spontaneously often gives a whole new perspective. Trust us on this.

For those looking to meet the candidates, there are two popular forums coming up in the next couple of weeks.

The first is the Cape Coral Civic Association's Primary Candidate Forum to be held Tuesday at the Kiwanis Hall at 360 Santa Barbara Blvd.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. with the event to start at 6:30 p.m.

The forum is free and open to the public.

It's a favorite of ours.

The next is the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral's Candidates Hobnob to be held Wednesday, July 26, at Gulf Coast Village, 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and run through 7:30 p.m. The Hobnob gives voters an opportunity to meet and speak one on one with all of the candidates for Cape Coral City Council. It also is free and open to the public.

There likely will be other opportunities, including the candidate debates offered by the city of Cape Coral itself, which also televises them on CapeTV 98.

The 90-minute debates for the upcoming primary will be 7 p.m. Thursday Aug. 24, (Council seats 1 & 4), and Friday, Aug. 25, (mayor's race). They will be broadcast live from Council Chambers, streamed live on CapeTV at www.cape-tv.com and available for replay at your convenience.

The primary is less than two months away with early voting set for Sept. 5-9.

The time to "meet the candidates" is now.

Get out, shake a few hands, listen to the debates and of, course, read The Breeze.

-Breeze editorial

Editor's Note:

Breeze election coverage may be found at cape-coral-daily-breeze.com under News, Election 2017.

The Cape Coral Election 2017 forum may be found under Opinion, Reader Forums, County and City Politics.

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