Election 2012: Incumbent sheriffs win in Lee, Collier

Kevin Rambosk

Kevin Rambosk

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott

Southwest Florida’s incumbent sheriffs retained their seats as expected Tuesday, crushing their no-party affiliated challengers.

In Collier County, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk won handsomely against local businessman Vincent “Vinny” Angiolillo with 80.37 percent of the vote to Angiolillo's 19.62 percent. Angiolillo also ran in 2008 but captured only about 5 percent of the vote.

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott has about 65 percent of the vote against former lieutenant Lee Bushong and legal analyst Christian Meister.

Voters overwhelming supported Rambosk and Scott with their wallets. Rambosk raked in $73,423 in monetary and in-kind donations, compared to Angiolillo’s $155. Angiolillo said he was not accepting campaign donations because he considers them a bribe.

Scott raised more than any Lee County candidate, with monetary and in-kind donations totaling $353,105. Bushong and Meister, who acknowledged earlier that they were at a financial disadvantage, raised $32,319 and $624, respectively.

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