Lee commission candidates in District 5 urge ‘smart growth’

Local business owners are among the candidates in the race for Lee County commissioner for District 5, a seat left vacant by the death of Commissioner Frank Mann in June.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Mike Greenwell, one of the candidates in the election, to fill the vacancy until a candidate is elected in November to serve the remaining two years of Mann’s term.

Greenwell is one of three Republicans who will be on the Aug. 23 primary ballot. Another Republican is running as a write-in. 

Former Commissioner John Albion, who served 14 years on the county commission in the 1990s, works in real estate development as a broker and partner in family companies, is seeking to return to the commission. 

Greenwell, who became a candidate before DeSantis appointed him to fill the vacancy, has operated several businesses in the county following 16 years as a professional baseball player in the 1980s and ’90s.

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