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Marceno takes Sheriff’s race

By CJ Haddad - Reporter | Nov 4, 2020

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno will continue to serve, after coming out victorious in Tuesday’s General Election.

Marceno, a Republican, earned 67.02 percent of the vote (248,495 votes) in the four-way race with Democratic opponent Robert Neeld. Neald earned 27.73 percent of the vote (102,799 votes). No party affiliation candidates Michael “Coach Ray” Qualls and Carmen McKinney earning 2.73 and 2.52 percent respectively.

“Words cannot describe how honored I am to have been elected as your sheriff,” Marceno said in a statement Tuesday night. “I am dedicated to my mission and the residents of this county will be safe. I am proud to have the support of the great residents of Lee County. I won’t let you down!”

Marceno was appointed sheriff by former Florida Gov. Rick Scott following the retirement of former sheriff Mike Scott in 2018.

“I am looking forward to continue bringing the highest level of service to Lee County,” Marceno said. “This is just the beginning. There will be more community policing and less guns and drugs on the streets. I’m ready to get back to work.”

Marceno has 20-plus years of law enforcement service. Before joining the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Marceno was employed with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

Planks of Marceno’s platform included “Safe Kids Safe Schools,” holding career criminals accountable, the opioid crisis, animal abuse and cruelty and common outreach.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me, my family, to include all of them at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and the great residents of this county. I am proud to be your sheriff.”

All results are unofficial until certified.