Incumbent sheriffs win big in Lee and Collier

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott.  David Albers/ Staff

Photo by DAVID ALBERS

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott. David Albers/ Staff

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The incumbent sheriffs in Lee and Collier counties scored easy victories Tuesday, toppling their opponents in one-two fashion.

In Collier, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk captured about 80 percent of the vote. It was an election almost exactly like the last time voters picked a sheriff, pitting Rambosk, a Sheriff’s Office veteran, against Victor Ortino, a private investigator with three years of law enforcement experience as a highway patrol trooper in the ‘80s.

In Lee County, Sheriff Mike Scott took down former school-resource program supervisor and SWAT-team sniper Tim Fisher with about three-quarters of the vote. Fisher had been endorsed by the embattled Lee County Sergeants and Deputies Association before the sergeants union was decertified in July.

As polls closed Tuesday, Ortino was hopeful he’d clinch a win as he shook hands with supporters at The English Pub in East Naples.

“I feel good,” he said. “It is what it’s going to be.”

But shortly after, it was clear that Rambosk was once again dominating. In the Grand Piano Foyer of the Naples Hilton, the sheriff’s supporters drank bottles of Budweiser and snacked on bacon-wrapped shrimp.

“We’re having a great time,” Rambosk said. “I am so happy that the residents saw through all the rhetoric and misinformation.”

On his last election night, Rambosk won by a landslide in the primary against Ortino and opponent Vincent “Vinny” Angiolillo, both of whom ran on the Republican ticket. But this time, Rambosk must wait until November to face off with Angiolillo, who is running without party affiliation.

Both Rambosk and Scott had the clear financial edge in their respective races. Rambosk’s monetary and in-kind donations totaled $73,423.23 and Ortino’s, $25,852.88.

Scott raked in more than any Lee County candidate, with more than a quarter of a million dollars. His monetary and in-kind donations totaled $287,591.05.

Fisher raised about 12 percent of that, with a total of $35,679.42.

Scott will square off against Lee Bushong and Christian Meister, both non-party affiliated, in November.

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