WINK News Campaign Central to host 19th congressional district debate

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Candidates vying to replace U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson (R – Bonita Springs) will question and challenge each other in a debate sponsored by WINK News Campaign Central and The School District of Lee County on Tuesday.

The debate, which is free and open to the public, will start at 6 p.m. inside district headquarters, 2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

“This is the voters’ opportunity to get past all the political advertisement talking points and hear the candidates give real answers to our impactful questions,” said WINK News anchor Chris Cifatte, who will moderate the debate.

Democrat Robert Neeld; Republicans Dan Bongino, Chauncey Goss and Francis Rooney; and write-in candidates David Byron and Timothy Rossano will participate in the debate.

The 19th congressional district covers most of Lee County and part of Collier County. Communities within the district include Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Naples and Marco Island.

Viewers have multiple ways to listen to the debate live:

  • Live stream on
  • WINK TV subchannel 11.2
  • Lee County schools’ YouTube channel (leeschoolstv)
  • 92.5 Fox News Radio
  • Comcast channel 99
  • CenturyLink channel 89

Viewers can also submit questions for the candidates to [email protected]

“Voters will choose who will be the voice of Southwest Florida in the congressional seat left open by Curt Clawson,” said Tom Doerr, news director for WINK News. “There’s a lot at stake and WINK News is proud to provide this opportunity to hear from all of the candidates, unfiltered, on the issues affecting our communities.”

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