MARCO ISLAND — Updated 6:30 p.m. City Council candidate Larry Magel and wife Joanna Magel watch the mail-in voting process and counting process as they await preliminary and then final election results.
The two said they are not anxious about the results, then Larry adds: "27 minutes" and Joanna says "but who's watching?" The Magels laughed together.
"I think Larry would be very good for Marco and if it doesn't happen, it's the city's lost," said Joanna Magel.
Updated 6 p.m. City Council candidate Larry Magel is observing the canvassing board meeting, which is just beginning.
"I'm just curious about the process," Magel said.
He said he thinks Marco Island is ready for a change after political changes in Massachasutts and is ready for a leader when it comes to government spending. He is talking to City Clerk Laura Litzan as the meeting begins and the anxiously await the first round of preliminary election results some time by or before 7 p.m.
Larry Magel, 67, was the first candidate to officially file paper work with the city to become a Marco Island City Council candidate for the 2010 election. Magel said he started campaigning early because he believed many people may not know him. He said he has enjoyed the transition from a hectic career on Wall Street to the calm, beautiful setting of Marco Island.
Magel describes himself as a fiscal conservative planning to save the city and taxpayers money using his previous employment experiences, as well as his experience serving on the Collier County productivity committee and Marco financial planning committee, among other local boards.
Magel said he will approach each city expense with a detailed, systemic method.
“For example, it’s not enough to say the money is coming from a particular account. We should know what the balance will be after the expenditure and what additional future expenses do we project.”
Magel plans to be at the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office in Naples while election results are tallied Tuesday evening. There will be a canvassing board meeting beginning 6 p.m. and preliminary results are anticipated at 7 p.m.