Editorial: Election 2012 | Daily News editorial board endorsements

Election 2012 | Daily News editorial board endorsements

Here are the Daily News endorsements for the Nov. 6 general election, for which early voting begins on Saturday. Complete editorials are available online at naplesnews.com/elections.

President of the United States

Republican Mitt Romney

Also in race: President Barack Obama

U.S. Senate

Democrat Bill Nelson

Also in race: Republican Connie Mack IV

U.S. House, District 19

Republican Trey Radel

Also in race: Democrat Jim Roach

U.S. House, District 25

Republican Mario Diaz-Balart

Also in race: Sidney Bluenthal, Independent Socialist; voteforeeddie.com

Florida Legislature

Collier County

Florida House, District 80

Incumbent Republican Matt Hudson

Also in race: Pam Brown, NPA

Florida House, District 106

Incumbent Republican Kathleen Passidomo

Also in race: Libertarian Peter Richter

Florida House, District 105

Republican Carlos Trujillo

Also in race: A write-in

Florida Senate, District 39

Republican Scott Hopes

Also in race: Democrat incumbent Dwight Bullard

Lee County

Florida House, District 78

Republican Heather Fitzenhagen

Also in race: Kerry Babb, Independent.

Florida Senate, District 30

Lizbeth Benacquisto

Also in race: Democrat Debbie Jordan

Collier County Sheriff

Incumbent Republican Kevin Rambosk

Also in race: Vinny Angiolillo, NPA

Lee County Sheriff

Lee Bushong, NPA

Also in race: Incumbent Republican Mike Scott

Lee County Tax Collector

Incumbent Larry Hart, GOP

Also in race: James Chandler, NPA

Lee County Commission

District 1: John Manning

Also in race: A write-in candidate

District 2: Republican Cecil Pendergrass

Also in race: John Sawyer, NPA; and a write-in

District 3: Republican Larry Kiker

Also in race: Charlie Whitehead, NPA

District 5: Republican incumbent Frank Mann

Also in race: Matt Miller, Independence Party of Florida

Collier County Commission

District 1: Incumbent Republican Donna Fiala

Also in race: Russell Kish, NPA

District 5: Republican Tim Nance

Also in race: John "Robinhood'' Lundin, Democrat

Lee County School Board (nonpartisan)

District 2: Bob Chilmonik

Also in race: Incumbent Jeanne Dozier

Judicial Merit Retention (nonpartisan)

Florida Supreme Court

Vote yes: Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince

Second District Court of Appeal

Vote yes: Anthony Black, Darryl Casanueva, Charles Davis Jr., and Edward LaRose.

Collier County Judge (nonpartisan)

Incumbent Eugene Turner

Also in race: Jim McGarity

East Naples Fire Board (nonpartisan)

Seat 1: Charlie Cottiers

Also in race: Incumbent Angie Davis

Seat 2: Joe Schmitt

Also in race: Incumbent George Danz

Seat 3: Steve Hemping

Also in race: Incumbent Thomas Cannon, Vicky DiNardo

Seat 5: Jeff Page

Also in race: Incumbent Robert Hughes

Golden Gate Fire Board (nonpartisan)

Seat 2: Roger Simm

Also in race: Incumbent Chuck McMahon, Duane Billington and Ryan Steffieri.

North Naples Fire Board (nonpartisan)

Seat 1: Incumbent Peggy Hanson

Also in race: Charles Randall

Seat 5: Norman Feder

Also in race: Incumbent Paul Moriarity Sr.

Bonita Springs Fire Board (nonpartisan)

District 2: Fred Forbes

Also in race: Incumbent Wayne Edsall

District 4: Joe Zagursky

Also in race: Incumbent Steve Lohan, Robert Sharkey

Mosquito Control (nonpartisan)

Collier County

Dave Farmer

Also in race: Matt Novak.

Lee County

Larry Murphy

Also in race: Melissa Dortch

Marco Island City Council (nonpartisan)

(Vote for four)

Ken Honecker, Larry Honig and Frank Recker. (The Daily News' fourth choice, Paul Meyer, withdrew from the race after the start of absentee voting.)

Also in race: Larry Sacher, Amadeo Patricca, Wayne Waldack, Jerry Gibson, Duane Thomas.

Lee Memorial Hospital Board (nonpartisan)

(Vote for two in each district)

District 1: Incumbents Steve Brown and Marilyn Stout.

Also in race: Frank Antos Jr.

District 3: Sandy Cohen and

Bob "Smitty" Smith

Also in race: David Collins and Lewis Robinson

District 5: Donald A. Brown and William L. Glover

Collier County Public Schools

Tax Neutral Flexible Funding Referendum

Vote yes.

Lee County referendum

Slot machines at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Fort Myers

Vote yes.

Florida Constitutional Amendments

(Titles as they appear on ballots)

Amendment 1: Health Care Services

Vote no

Amendment 2: Homestead Property Tax Discount for Veterans Disabled by Combat Injury

Vote yes.

Amendment 3: State Government Revenue Limitation

Vote no.

Amendment 4: Property Tax Limitations

Vote yes.

Amendment 5: State Courts

Vote no.

Amendment 6: Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions

Vote no.

There is no Amendment 7

Amendment 8: Religious Freedom

Vote no

.Amendment 9: Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder Killed In Line of Duty

Vote yes

.Amendment 10: Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption

Vote no

.Amendment 11: Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Low-Income Seniors Who Maintain Long-Term Residency

Vote yes."

Amendment 12: Appointment of Student Body President to Board of Governors of State University System

Vote no.

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