Naples City Council election candidates set for Feb. 2

— Five people. Three seats. Forty-two days.

Election season has officially begun in the city of Naples.

Tuesday was the final day to file — and qualify — for the 2010 Naples City Council election.

Three seats – one of which is term limited – are up for election in 2010.

Candidates include two incumbents and three committee members:

• Councilman Gary Price, 44, has served on City Council since 2005. Price is a certified financial trust adviser and works work Fifth Avenue Advisors, and is involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County.

• Councilman Bill Willkomm, 59, has served on City Council since 2006. Willkomm has operated Perfect Properties of Naples since 2000, and has served as a coach and board member of the Pop Warner Youth Football League.

• Dorothy Hirsch, 64, is a member of the city’s planning advisory board and serves as policy chairwoman for the Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida affiliate. This is her second run for Naples City Council. She last ran in 2008.

• Doug Finlay, 58, is a member of the city’s community services advisory board and the Moorings Bay citizens advisory board. He has also volunteered for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

• Sam Saad, 32, is a member of the city’s planning advisory board. He is also a member of the local bar association, the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Naples Young Professionals.

The election is Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Naples City Council members collect $23,500 a year, plus benefits.

Connect with Naples reporter Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster at www.naplesnews.com/staff/jenna_buzzacco

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