Bonita Springs News


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9/22/2014 General

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Slates Candidate Forum for Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District – Seats 1 and 3

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (September 22, 2014) - The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a Candidate Forum for the Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District – Seats 1 and 3. The forum will be held at the Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District, 27701 Bonita Grande Drive, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 on Wednesday, October 8th and will run from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

The forum will provide attendees a front row seat to hear from candidates. Candidates running for Seat 1 are Edward Fitzgerald and James Murphy. Candidates running for Seat 3 are Evans Conforti, Jr. and Patrick McCourt. As an audience member, gain the opportunity to meet the candidates face-to-face and ask questions prior to the November general election.

Candidate forums will be moderated by the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee members including: Don Thomson, Partner with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., Kim Hastings with Brennan, Manna & Diamond, P.L., Bill Banfield with Financial Advisor Wells Fargo Advisors, Marshall Bower, President & CEO, Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc., and Jared Johnston with Growing Room Child Development Center.

All candidates on the November 4th general election ballot have been invited to participate. The forum will be organized under the following guidelines: (1) each candidate will have 2-minutes for an opening statement, (2) all candidates will be asked the same series of questions and each candidate will have one minute to respond, (3) questions will be accepted from the audience on supplied index cards at the forum. Questions should be fair and not directed toward or against a specific candidate, and (4) at the end of the forum each candidate will have 2-minutes for closing statements.

To attend this forum, please RSVP online on the “Chamber Events” page at or call (239) 992-2943. For those unable to attend an event, videos will be posted online on the “Press Room” page at 




Designated as the 2014 Chamber of Commerce of the Year by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, the Five-Star Nationally Accredited Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce strives to serve members, promote a region where business can grow and prosper and enhance the quality of life of the Bonita Springs area.  With the support of annual partners including Lee Memorial Health System, Naples Daily News / The Banner, NCH Healthcare System, Physicians Regional Healthcare System, and The News-Press Media Group, the Chamber is able to focus on their mission of community development.  The Chamber operates a fully-staffed 2,000 square foot Visitor’s and Business Center at 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive in Bonita Springs, Florida Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, please call (239) 992-2943 or visit