This is it.
With early voting starting Monday in Collier County and Saturday in Lee County, running up to the Aug. 14 primary, this is the last batch of quotable quotes from our editorial board interviews with candidates.
You can see the entire 30-minute interviews with all the local candidates at naplesnews.com/elections.
Now for the colorful comments:
Fisher said deputies who back him are given transfers — "a political spanking."
The Republicans duking it out for the District 2 Lee County Commission nomination:
Cecil Pendergrass has the ultimate claim to local roots: "I was born in District 2, at Lee Memorial Hospital."
Doug St. Cerny, who seeks a return to the seat he held from 1990 to 2006, said Lee is poised to be a "consumate leader" because of infrastructure he helped put in place. "We don't have to retool; we're already there."
Warren Wright said of county investments with the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins: "We definitely got caught up in the romance of baseball."
Don Stilwell, the former county manager, was asked if he had confidence in the existing economic development team, led by Jim Moore. "Absolutely," Stilwell said. "I hired him."
Kyle Lee, a Republican running against incumbent Tax Collector Larry Hart, said: "Everyone I talk to dreads going to that office. It's like going to the dentist."
Donna Fiala, seeking re-election to the Collier County Commission from District 1, is not convinced the business climate in Collier today is all that bad: "Sometimes people are repeating what they've heard."
District 3 Collier County Commissioner Tom Henning said he came to Naples as a teenager when there were two four-lane roads and he would "take a shortcut through the woods that now is Coastland Center."
Dr. Dave Weldon, seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, said of the incumbent: "I know Bill Nelson very well. But I do think he needs to retire."
Paul Crespo, a Republican for Florida House, District 105, said the balance of power in Tallahassee is in favor of Central and North Florida. As for return on investment, "Miami-Dade is a donor county."
James Bush III, a Democrat running in Florida Senate District 39 in eastern Collier, said he believes in confronting accusers: "How can you cross-examine a red-light camera?"
"We've been running very fast here," Marco City Council Chairman Larry Magel said of public education about a 24/7 clinic tax referendum following council action in early June.
Collier County Commission District 5 challenger Tim Nance said he will spend well over $50,000 of his own money on the campaign: "I consider it a donation to the community."
District 5 incumbent Jim Coletta said he led a fact-finding field trip to a Miami-Dade building department service center, where employees "treat the customer like a customer."
District 1 Collier County Commission challenger Steve Cosgrove said you get a good idea of what county spending looks like "if you take my household budget and add a couple of zeroes to it."
Kevin Lilly, challenging for Collier County property appraiser, said when he worked for the office his duties included making sure state deadlines were met for various reports. Were the deadlines met? "Oh, yes," he said.
Last but not least, Bill McDaniel, challenging for Collier County Commission District 3, used to deal in real estate and now runs rock mines: "I used to sell it by the acre and now I sell it by the ton."n n nThe other week this column took note of the billboards of Byron Donalds, a Republican candidate for U.S. House.
They stand out for featuring a big picture of him.
Now another set of signs follows suit, for Collier County judge candidate Stephen A. Smith.
This handsome young fellow also has his face on the cover of a campaign mailout that mimics a local magazine cover.
What the ads fail to shout out is that Smith is from West Palm Beach, where he works for a statewide law firm called The Ticket Clinic, whose brochure tells cited motorists: "Know your rights! Our goal is to get your case dismissed!" and "We will beat any advertised price!"
He moonlights as a police officer in Palm Springs, which helps explain why a local police union has endorsed him.He is running against a real Collier Countian, incumbent Judge Mike Carr.
Lytle is editorial page editor of the Daily News. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Call him at 239-263-4773.