Newcomers face off against incumbents for three BSU board of director positions

In a political year dominated by major upsets in the Senate and a floundering, controversial health bill, the Bonita Springs Utilities elections isn’t going to steal many headlines.

But check your water and sewer bill this month and you’ll realize why it’s important to have qualified BSU board members: quality services cost money.

The BSU member-customers elect three members each year for a three-year term on the utilities nine-member board of directors. The ballots are mailed to the BSU members and must be postmarked by March 9 to be counted.

The election results will be announced during the utility’s annual meeting Tuesday, March 16. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the BSU office at 11860 East Terry St.

This year there are six candidates running for election, including three incumbents: Robert (Bob) Bachman, who has served on the board since November 2000; Henry (Hank) Hochstetler, who has served on the board since 1990; and Robert H. Sharkey, who was elected to the board in 2009.

Adam A. Botana is a lifelong resident of Bonita Springs who is running this year, along with James W. Lawson, a professional engineer, and Kathy McGrath, who seeks to carry on the legacy of her late husband, Bob McGrath, who was a BSU board member for 23 years.

Bachman is 60 years old and first moved to Bonita Springs in 1984 and has been a full time resident since 1986. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and Leadership Lee County. He has served on the board for 10 years and has been the president of the board for three years and vice president

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