Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane announces his run for Lee County Commissioner. SC photo by Chuck Larsen Photography
Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane announces his run for Lee County Commissioner. SC photo by Chuck Larsen Photography

Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane has declared himself as a candidate for Lee County Commissioner and cites water quality as the centerpiece of his campaign.

(Water quality) issues are no longer up for debate,” Ruane stated in his announcement released Tuesday, Feb. 26. “Our economy and quality of life depend on our ability to end this crisis once and for all.”

Throughout the past several years, Ruane has worked with local, state and federal governments to implement policies that will bring an immediate impact in resolving water quality issues, as well as provide long-term solutions.

As your County Commissioner, you can count on me to continue to be a champion for clean water and Everglades restoration,” stated Ruane.

He is also running to bring his business experience and unique perspective to the County Commission. In his tenure as Sanibel’s mayor, Ruane has seen “firsthand how conservative principles and sound fiscal policy can effect the economy,” he stated. “My goal is to bring forth the policies that will allow families and businesses of our community to achieve a brighter future.”

There are five commissioners elected at large and each represent an area of the county. The seat Ruane is seeking covers Captiva, Sanibel, Pine Island, North Fort Myers Beach, and Cape Coral.

Ruane will be in the Republican primary in August 2020, and winning would put him in the general election in November 2020. If elected county commissioner, Ruane would then resign his council seat that runs until March 2021.

He will be meeting with supporters for a fundraising reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the Westin Resort at Marina Village, Cape Coral. Ruane already has more than 100 supporting names on his host committee supporting his candidacy.