Botana elected to State House
Adam Botana (R-Bonita Springs) swept to victory in the race for Florida House District 76.
Botana won 67,884 votes — 65.51 percent of the total ballots cast in Lee County. He defeated Anselm Weber (D-Fort Myers), who received 35,740 votes for 34.49 percent of the ballots cast.
“I thank everybody for coming our and voting for me,” Botana said. “It was a great day for our country.”
Botana, whose family operates Bay Water Boat Club in Bonita Springs, pledged to “fight for clean water in Florida and keep our conservative agenda going.”
Botana said he was proud of how well Republicans did statewide on Tuesday, winning 22 seats in the State House.
Weber described his loss as a sign that Democrats have to work harder in the district.
“I think it’s an area that goes culturally conservative. At the moment, I think it’s leaning red,” he said, adding that focusing on issues of importance to the working class could change that in the future.
Weber wished Botana the best.
“I hope he serves the district well,” he said.
“I hope that he actually addresses the water issues. I think he should be a supporter of expanding Medicaid — and also a $15 minimum wage,” Weber added of what he would like to see Botana focus on. “There’s plenty of issues that I hope he works on for the working-class people in our district.”
He offered a thank you to his campaign volunteers and those supported him.
“Thanks to everybody who voted for me,” Weber said. “I hope the best for everybody.”
District 76 covers part of Lee County, including Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Captiva, Pine Island and parts of Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Estero.
All election results are unofficial until certified.