With less than one week left until the mid-term elections, President Donald Trump visited Lee County yesterday to campaign on behalf of Republican candidates in the State of Florida.

Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass, whose district includes the Gateway community, was one of several public officials and candidates on hand to welcome President Trump to Hertz Arena where a Make America Great Again rally was held.

Also there was Governor Rick Scott, who is running against Democrat Bill Nelson for one of Florida’s two seats in the United States Senate… as well as former Congressman Ron DeSantis, who is running against Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum to determine who will replace Scott as Florida’s next governor.

Pendergrass himself is running for re-election for the Board of County Commissioners against challenger Bill Taylor. While Pendergrass is the front-runner in that election race, Pendergrass isn’t taking anything for granted and has worked tirelessly over the past several months to simultaneously campaign for re-election while also taking care of his duties to help manage Lee County.

Yesterday’s event at Hertz Arena was all business, and the Republican leadership clearly felt it was important for Pendergrass to briefly meet with President Trump. Pendergrass used the available time to thank the president for signing a bill that’s important for Lee County’s future.

“Tonight I was honored to personally thank the President of the United States for signing the Water Resources Bill last week. We have been waiting for years for this action to start the construction of multiple water projects north and south of Lake O,” Pendergrass told the Gateway Sun, referring to Lake Okeechobee.

Pendergrass continued: “These projects will help restore our local waters and provide storage of water to deter it from our water ways. It is critical that we work together to improve all of our community. I have been successful locally and on a national stage representing our county. I look forward to continuing working for you, and I look forward to working with our CDD board in improving Gateway!”

Commissioner Pendergrass has worked closely with technology information firm Gartner to help grow that company’s operations in Gateway. Gartner currently has two major office buildings along Gateway Boulevard, in addition to a separate Training Center facility on Professional Park Drive, and are constructing a brand new campus on the RSW airport property as we speak.

Forbes Magazine recently (as in a few weeks/months ago) cited statistics that show the Lee County area is the fastest growing region in the United States.

Commissioner Pendergrass, who serves as Chairman of the Board County Commissioners, deserves a lot of credit along with the other members of the BOCC for that recognition from Forbes.

That’s because (as we’ve previously published and opined) aside from public safety, facilitating economic growth is the BOCC’s main job. It’s hard to argue against the job that the Lee County Commissioners have done in that regard.

Scott (running for the US Senate), DeSantis (running for Governor) and Pendergrass (running for re-election as Commissioner) are all on the ballot for the November 6 election. All three men clearly have the support of President Trump.

Early voting is available from today through Saturday, and election day is November 6.

For information about Commissioner Pendergrass’ campaign please visit votependergrass.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Commissioner Pendergrass is currently a paid political advertiser of the Gateway Sun. The Commissioner is a long-time resident of Gateway.

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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