Editorial endorsement: Collier -- Sheriff, tax collector

Four of Collier County's five constitutional officers — all of them except the supervisor of elections — face ballot challenges on Aug. 14; early voting in Collier starts Monday.

Two of those incumbents are so strong, and their opposition is so marginal, that the challenges roll off their backs.

Voters looking for sure things can re-elect Tax Collector Larry Ray and award the Republican nomination for sheriff to incumbent Kevin Rambosk.

Four years ago Ray picked up where his former boss, longtime tax collector Guy Carlton, left off — focusing on customer service. Few people enjoy paying taxes or renewing motor vehicle tags, for example. So the idea is to make it as pleasant and efficient as possible.

Ray has managed to do as much or more with fewer employees via smarter use of technology and cross-training. That's leadership.

Also in race: Steven Wagner

Who can vote? Because the only two candidates are Republicans, all 171,000 voters in Collier can have a say.

Meanwhile, Rambosk remains the real deal — a law enforcement officer who leads by example and connects with constituents. He is consistent — stressing the importance of community policing,the public's crime tips and staff professionalism. He is consistent as well with pushing the envelope of technology to help track crime and keep citizens safe.

Our crime rates show it's all clicking.

The Sheriff's Office continues to be a leader nationally in teamwork with federal authorities to process and deport illegals who are arrested for other offenses.

In Southwest Florida these days, the Collier County Sheriff's Office ranks as a model agency.

Rambosk soundly defeated the same GOP opponent, Victor Ortino, four years ago and stands to do the same again.

Who can vote? The 90,000 Republicans in Collier.

What happens next? The top vote-getter faces Vincent Angiolillo, no party affiliation, on Nov. 6.

Questions about voting? Call the Collier Supervisor of Elections Office at 239-252-8450.

* Endorsements for other Collier constitutional officers scheduled for Friday.

* Endorsements for Lee County constitutional officers coming next week.

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