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City Council candidate Francis 'Butch' Neylon presents 'Marco's Dirty Little Secret' to Monday's crowd, November 12, at Mackle Park. For more, visit or e-mail

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City Council candidate Francis "Butch" Neylon presents "Marco's Dirty Little Secret" to Monday's crowd, November 12, at Mackle Park. For more, visit or e-mail

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  • Not too far from a table with pamphlets and candidate petitions, City Councilor Bill Trotter mingles with supporters in the entryway to his home. He launched his re-election campaign with a kick-off party Nov. 29, the day before signed petitions were due at City Hall for verification. Trotter is the only incumbent vying for one of four open council seats.
  • City Council candidate Wayne Waldack socializes with residents at an informal meet-and-greet at Nene's Monday night. Waldack organized the event to talk face-to-face with supporters about issues weighing on the January 29 election. Residents will have another opportunity to do that with the whole slate of eight candidates at the Marco Island Taxpayers Association forum Thursday, December 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mackle Park.
  • Marco Island Area Association Board of Realtors Governance Committee Chair Keith Dameron (center, right) shakes City Council candidate Jerry Gibson's hand before presenting him with a check from the association. Board Member Dick Shanahan (center, left) and President-Elect Jim Mashey, (far right) were also present for the formal endorsement of Gibson, a realtor, who they said represents the interests of the island's realtors and its population at large. The association will conduct formal interviews with the other seven candidates Dec. 17 to evaluate who else to endorse, followed by a debate it will co-sponsor with the Chamber of Commerce at 6:30, Dec. 17 at the Marco Island Hilton.
  • City Council Candidate Wayne Waldack talks with supporter Tom Owens Wednesday night, November 28, at a campaign meet and greet. Waldack kicked off his campaign by greeting residents in the parish hall of San Marco Catholic Church, where he answered questions and talked one-on-one with supporters. Many present asked questions about the city's Septic Tank Replacement Program, and urged Waldack to become as knowledgeable as possible about the project so he could provide reliable information to voters during his campaign.
  • City Council Candidate Jerry Gibson addresses his supporters during his campaign kick-off Tuesday night at Vergina. The event coincided with the start of the campaign qualifying period, and many of those present were signing petitions for Gibson's certification as a candidate. He urged the residents present to pass along word of his candidacy to five friends, and said he was heartened by the support he had received so far.
  • Marco Island city council candidate Frank Recker talks with people who attended his campaign kickoff party at the Marco Island Marina Clubhouse on Thursday, Nov. 15.
  • Obviously Doug Enman, right, was having a good time as he receives a hot dog from Marco Island City Council candidate Butch Neylon on Saturday, November 17. Neylon served more than 200 hot dogs in a backyard fundraiser.
  • City Council candidate Joe Batte, from left, Anne Batte, Betty Neylon and Doug Edman listen to Butch Neylon's presentation 'Marco's Dirty Little Secret' on Monday, November 12, at Mackle Park. For more about Batte's candidacy, visit For more about Neylon's candidacy, visit 'Because everything he says makes sense,' Batte said when asked why he supported Neylon's city council campaign.
  • City Council candidate Francis 'Butch' Neylon presents 'Marco's Dirty Little Secret' to Monday's crowd, November 12, at Mackle Park. For more, visit or e-mail
  • City Council Candidate Frank Recker chats with Al Diaz, Stan Nimcezyk (obscured) and Donna Nimcezyk at a 'pep rally' held by his campaign Wednesday night at the Shops of Olde Marco. Recker, one of eight contenders for four City Council seats, has been ahead of his competitors in fundraising and spending during the last two financial reporting periods.  Voting day is Jan. 29 and early voting continues up to that day at the Collier County Public Library on Marco.

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