Streets wins re-election on Fort Myers City Council

Incumbent Councilman Johnny Streets defeated community activist Anthony Thomas in the race for Ward 2 on Fort Myers City Council on election night Tuesday.

Streets has been a staple on the council for over a decade but said this race was one of the more difficult ones for him, and he’s grateful the citizens of Ward 2 trusted him again with their vote.

Leading up to the election, there was controversy at city hall over whether or not Thomas was even eligible to run in the race. His residency was called into question, and the council had to hire a hearing examiner, who ultimately said he didn’t have enough evidence to show that Thomas violated any rules.

It’s difficult to say if any of this even impacted the race. Streets got 67% of the vote.

Streets has been a key player in moves to reform Fort Myers Police Department. Now, he’s working to get FEMA to help with the city’s homeless problem.

“I know it takes time. Government takes time. Government is slow, but it is about getting our homeless people taken care of and making sure that we have affordable and attainable housing for low-income people,” Streets said.

Reporter:Lauren Sweeney
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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