Rick Steinmeyer wins race for Bonita Springs mayor; Purdon, Corrie, Forbes reelected to City Council

Thaddeus Mast
 
| Naples Daily News

Rick Steinmeyer defeated his opponent, Omer Dror, Tuesday night to become the new mayor of Bonita Springs.

Steinmeyer received 12,954 votes, or 52.3%, compared to Dror, who received 11,813 votes, or 47.7%.

Steinmeyer, a long-time Bonita Springs resident, will lead an unchanged Bonita Springs City Council after the election as incumbents Jesse Purdon, Chris Corrie and Fred Forbes retained their seats in Districts 2, 4 and 6, respectively.

“The people want me, and they know I’m honest and straightforward, and that’s what I’m going to be,” Steinmeyer said. “I can’t be any other way.”

Steinmeyer ran in the 2016 mayoral election and lost to Peter Simmons. He also ran in the District 1 race in 2018 and lost to Laura Carr.

Purdon and Corrie won a March election to fill two empty council seats. They will now serve full four-year terms. Forbes will serve his second term on the council. 

Every Bonita Springs resident can vote in the at-large mayoral race.

Simmons opted not to run for a second term, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Bonita Springs District 2 

Sitting councilor Purdon narrowly beat Shelley Anderson in the race to represent District 2.

In District 2, Purdon earned 1,402 votes, or 51.96%, while opponent Shelley Anderson received 1,296 votes, or 48.04%.

Purdon said he stood outside the polls near the Bonita Springs Middle School to talk with with voters on Election Day.

“It felt great to understand there were that many people who not only knew me, but followed what I’ve done,” he said.

District 2 covers much of the Bonita Springs neighborhoods between Old 41 Road and Interstate 80.

Purdon, a 12-year Bonita Springs resident, is vice president of public policy at Slidr, a Florida-based company that uses a mobile app to offer rides on electric bicycles, scooters and similar micro-mobility vehicles.

Bonita Springs District 4

Sitting councilor Corrie won the race for District 4 against Linda Waterhouse.

Chris Corrie won the District 4 race with 3,387 votes, or 62.3%, compared to Linda Waterhouse with 2,050 votes, or 37.7%.

The large gated community Bonita Bay and neighborhoods in the northern Old 41 Road corridor are in District 4.

“I’m optimistic about the next four years,” Corrie said. “I’m looking forward to serving this term, and I have good feelings about what we’re going to be able to accomplish for this city.”

Corrie has lived in Bonita Springs for 13 years. He was a certified public accountant and partner with PwC, also known as PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Bonita Springs District 6

Incumbent Forbes won a close race against Danieli.

Forbes earned 3,172 votes, or 51.75%, against Danieli with 2,958 votes, or 48.25%.

Forbes was not immediately available for comment Tuesday night.

District 6 encompasses land east of Interstate 75 to the city line and some neighborhoods along Bonita Beach Road west of the interstate.

Danieli bought a house in Bonita in 2004 and became a full-time resident in 2015. He worked in marketing with the Hearst Corporation at the Times Union, a newspaper in Albany, New York.

Forbes moved to Bonita Springs in 1997. He owned an architectural and engineering firm before retiring. 

Collier County Elections 2020: See local results here

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