MARCO ISLAND — Live at Chef's Express
Reacting to the results, Forcht said: "From what I saw, it looks like we weren't successful in our campaign strategy. I have to respect the voters of Marco Island. They brought me into office as a relative unknown, and they voted again and I must not have made the grade. I ran an honest campaign and I have nothing to apologize for."
Supporter Tanya Webb was more than disappointed. "I feel bad for Ted because he's worked very hard," she said. "But I feel worse for the citizens of Marco Island who had faith in him and trusted him. We needed his guidance and his input, and I feel bad that it was that close. I think there should be a recall."
6:30 p.m. - Before the results became available, incumbent councilor Ted Forcht said no matter the outcome he'd like to see the development by council of an intelligent tax and expense strategy.
"(It would be) one that we can take through the good times and the bad times," Forcht said. "Saving money during the real estate boom, which is going to be coming, and that we plan projects for when we have money ... and have the ability to cut projects when money is tight."
As for the amendments on the ballot, Forcht said the committee hard worked extremely hard on them, but that he didn't have any particular sway as to how they would pan out with voters.
"My job as a city councilor is to abide by the rules, and I abide by the rules that are set by the people.
"Working to the rules is the only way we can effective government. I respect the peoples' will, which I always have."
Councilor Forcht was an early arrival at his function, held at the Chef's Express in Olde Marco. At his side as he welcomed early arrivals were his friends Ray Beaufort, Amadeo Petricca and campaign treasurer Dr. Jim Riviera.
Forcht chose the theme of "how sweet it is" for his gathering, but made sure he added the addendum "to live on Marco Island."
He paid particular tribute to his wife Jennifer, whom he said helped him tremendously through the previous election as well as the lead-up to this one.
Incumbent Ted Forcht, 49, wasn’t able to hold back the forces that brought the sewer project to Marco, but it didn’t stop him from trying. The self-described “simple country boy” from Kentucky has served on council for nearly four years. Forcht says he may no longer vote against all Septic Tank Replacement Program (STRP)-related issues as he is running on a different set of promises in 2010.
Among his campaign promises is making utility rates equitable, he said. He also wants to control spending and density issues, including limiting new high-rises throughout the Island.
“Government should provide those services and activities that would be economically impractical for individuals to provide for themselves.”
If a project won’t protect the public’s health or well-being it can wait, he said.
Forcht plans to spend election night with supporters at Chef's Express beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. He plans to have live election results, adult beverage and dessert.