Election 2012: Fiala, Nance win Collier Commission races

Tim Nance

Tim Nance

Donna Fiala, Collier County commissioner, founding member of Bayshore Arts

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Donna Fiala, Collier County commissioner, founding member of Bayshore Arts

A familiar face and a Republican newcomer are Collier County’s newly elected commissioners.

In decisive victories, voters chose to keep Commissioner Donna Fiala in her District 1 seat for another term. District 5 voters decided Tim Nance, who defeated Commissioner Jim Coletta in the August Republican primary, was the best choice to represent them for the next four years.

Fiala bested local pharmacist Russell Kish, a no party affiliation candidate, winning 80.36 percent of the vote to represent District 1, which includes East Naples and Marco Island.

The commissioner, who has served District 1 for the last 12 years, out-raised her opponent, who admitted he was not actively seeking financial donations to his campaign, by about $74,0000. Kish ran on a platform of bringing responsible spending back to Collier County and working to pay down more than $650 million in debt. Fiala ran on her record of service to the East Naples and Marco Island community.

Nance defeated Democratic candidate John Lundin with 71.74 percent of the vote to 28.25 percent to represent District 5, which includes Everglades City, Immokalee and Golden Gate Estates.

Nance ran on a platform of bringing economic reform and economic development to the county, in part by pledging to review county policies, eliminate excess impact fees and other regulations to make the county more business-friendly. He also outraised Lundin by more than $200,000.

Lundin focused his campaign on Immokalee, which has a large population of registered Democrats. He said he would work for minority rights in his district and wanted to put a stronger emphasis on tourism in the county.

Nance’s term will begin Nov. 20, which is two weeks after the election. He will be sworn in at the Dec. 11 commission meeting.

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