NAPLES — Jim Coletta says he’s seeking re-election for Collier County commissioner in 2012.
Members of the Golden Gate Estates community, Jim Coletta, 68, and his family have lived in Collier County for more than 26 years. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have been married 45 years. They have four children and six grandchildren.
“It wasn’t a sudden decision, I made it some time ago,” Coletta said in a telephone interview Saturday afternoon. “To me it’s important to get started early.”
Coletta represents District 5, the largest single district in Florida, which includes Golden Gate Estates, Everglades City, Immokalee and Ave Maria.
Coletta said such issues as creating an interchange with Everglades Boulevard and Interstate 75 take priority, and added he’s been working expeditiously to make it happen and doesn’t think anyone else could jump in and take over the reins without setbacks.
“It would take a full term just to get caught up,” Coletta said.
“People have to drive an extra 25 to 30 minutes, one way, to get on I-75,” he said. “That adds to the cost of living.”
Coletta said it also becomes a safety issue for Golden Gate Estates residents having to evacuate from wildfires and hurricanes.
Coletta also said issues of drawing businesses and shopping centers to serve the residents of Golden Gate Estates and the rural parts of eastern Collier County, as well as creating an ATV park in his district are high priorities.
Coletta was first elected Collier County commissioner in November 2000. He won re-election in 2004 and 2008.
The primary is set for Aug. 28, 2012, and the general election is Nov. 6, 2012.