For the first time in modern history, when Collier County voters go to the polls in November there will be Democrats on the ballot in most races. So much so, that the final ballots won’t be determined until after the August 28 primary election. The general election is November 6, 2018. Headlining the election will be the races for U.S. Senator and Florida Governor. Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson will face Republican Gov. Rick Scott and a handful of write-in candidates.
When Democrats go to the polls on August 28 to vote in the primary election, they will face the choice between two candidates vying for the U.S. House of Representatives in Congressional District 19, which includes portions of Collier and Lee counties. David Holden, a financial planner who lives in Naples, and Todd Truax, a self-employed nursing home administrator who lives in Lee County, have both qualified to run as Democrats in the primary. The winner will face first-term Republican incumbent Francis Rooney.
Coral Gables attorney Mary Barzee Flores has qualified to run for Congress on the Democratic ticket in U.S. House District 25, which includes portions of Collier County. Two other Democratic candidates, Annisa Karim and Alina Valdes, withdrew from the campaign last week after Flores announced her candidacy. Flores brings a sizable war chest to the race, which best positions her to face her well-funded opponent.