LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Three republicans are vying for the nomination for a seat on the Lee County commission.
All three predict a tight race on Tuesday, in a race that has been spirited and marked by some heavy fund-raising and spending.
The race also has included a claim by candidate Sawyer Smith that commissioner Brian Hamman voted to raise taxes by 11 percent. Hamman heatedly denies the claim, which has led to dueling TV spots.
The third candidate, former commissioner Andy Coy, is staying out of the finger pointing. He hopes voters will be tired of attack ads and will vote for him.
Smith is leading the fund-raising race, with about 300-thousand dollars. Hamman has raised about 206-thousand, and Coy, just over 20-thousand.
Smith says he wants to be a citizen legislator, not a career politician. He says he is running to give back to the community, and to lead a charge for a complete audit of the government operations in Lee county.
Hamman points to his accomplishments in 10 months on the board, including getting a term limits initiative on the ballot in November.
Coy says he is the David running against Goliaths, and he predicts a narrow victory. All three candidates believe the outcome will be close. The winner goes on to face democrat Deb Jordan in November.