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Kottkamp to moderate Candidates’ Forum at Harborside

July 18, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Lee County Bar Association is hosting The Candidate's Forum, a free public service event at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers on Thursday, July 26 2012.

Jeff Kottkamp, former Lieutenant Governor of Florida and past president of the local bar association, will moderate the event.

Sponsored by, The Candidate's Forum is intended to inform Lee County's voters.

"It's a big event, in a really big and popular location, where everyone can easily meet the candidates for public office, learn about their campaign platform, and hear their responses to prepared questions in a timed, moderated format. We are very pleased to be welcoming our moderator for the event, said LCBA President Karla Campos-Andersen.

The forum will begin at 5 p.m. with a Meet & Greet social opportunity for the candidates to mingle with their constituents. There will also be a Mini-Expo which will include candidate campaign tables in one area of the hall, and another area will feature sponsored information from local free legal service providers, non-profit organizations and law offices. The social hour will be followed by The Candidates' Forum, beginning promptly at 6 p.m. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be provided at the event, which is expected to go past 8 p.m. due to high candidate acceptance of the invitation to present.

"Harborside Event Center has graciously offered to stay open late, to allow all candidates an opportunity to speak, but we expect to run a timely program agenda that will allow us to include all and close the event before 9," said LCBA Executive Director Nanci DuBois. "We have a wide range of opposed seats in the races for Judicial, Congressional and all the way through the spectrum of Lee County offices, with close to 60 candidates already registered to participate."

Title Sponsor: with sponsorships from Associates & Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured; Condo & HOA Law Group, PLLC; Law Office of Mary C. Evans; Strayhorn & Persons, PL; NAWBO - National Association of Women Business Owners.

Law office and services Mini-Expo tables at the event are $100, and the deadline is this Friday, July 20, to commit sponsorship. To sponsor or participate in the Mini-Expo, sign up and pay by credit card online at or e-mail

The Lee County Bar Association is a 501c6 not-for-profit organization, serving the citizens and legal community of Lee County since 1949, with membership of close to 800 attorneys.



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