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Rodrigues re-elected to state House of Representatives seat

November 14, 2018
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Pine Island Eagle

Ray Rodrigues easily won re-election in the District 76 state House race Tuesday night.

Rodrigues, a Republican, garnered 64.51 percent or 52,904 votes as compared to his challenger, Democrat David Bogner, who took 35.49 percent or 29,104 votes, according to the Florida Division of Elections. A total of 82,008 votes were cast in the District 76 race.

The district covers areas of Lee County, including the islands, Fort Myers Beach and Pine Island.

"I'm just very excited that the voters have had the confidence in me to send me back to Tallahassee to continue being their voice," Rodrigues said. "It's an honor and I feel very humbled."

He thanked those around him who have helped along the way.

"No one can be successful in being elected to office without having supporters behind them, and volunteers and campaign people, and I've been blessed," Rodrigues said.

Asked about his priorities for the new upcoming term, he cited two areas of focus.

"One of the things I have worked on my entire time in office is being a supporter of our government and Sunshine (Law)," Rodrigues said, adding that there have been efforts across the state by local governments and special districts to issue lawsuits against individuals seeking public records. "It discourages people from keeping their officials held accountable."

He noted that he brought forward legislation to address the issue, but it died in committee.

"I intend to refile that bill," Rodrigues said, adding that he will be working with Senate sponsors and the First Amendment Foundation to do so.

He also pointed to the issue of water quality and Everglades restoration.

"Over the next four years, we're going to see more money spent than we've had in the last 40 years," Rodrigues said. "But we can't afford to wait for these long-term projects to be completed."

"We need interim relief," he added. "I believe emergency estuary protection wells are a tool that can help us in that effort."

Bogner released a prepared statement via his campaign Facebook page.

"I want to thank all those who voted for me and who have supported me throughout this campaign," he stated. "While I will not be serving in Tallahassee this spring, I will continue to advocate for solutions to issues affecting our community."

Bogner congratulated Rodrigues on winning his fourth term as the district's representative.

"I wish you the best addressing the water and other issues that have been affecting our area and state," he said.

All election results are unofficial until certified.



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