Naples, FL – 5/6/16 – Greater Naples Leadership (GNL) joins a dozen local civic organizations in hosting a public forum for Collier County School Board Candidates from 6:00-7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the Norris Center, 755 – 8th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102.

Featuring Jeff Lytle, retired Editorial Page Editor for the Naples Daily News, as moderator, participating candidates include:

  • John Brunner, Stephanie Lucarelli and Louise Penta for District 2
  • Erick Carter and Lee Dixon for District 4

All registered voters elect School Board members at-large (voters do not need to live in the District a member represents to cast a vote). The election itself takes place Tuesday, August 30, 2016. For District 2, if no candidate receives 50% or more of the vote, a runoff between the top two candidates will take place in November

The Collier County School Board:

  • Sets policies that impact 45,000 students
  • Is responsible for a budget approaching $1 billion
  • Makes critical decisions on issues such as standardized testing, textbook selection, budget reforms, Blue Zone cafeteria menus, the role of parents in establishing policy and more

GNL joins the following civic organizations in sponsoring the School Board Candidates Forum: Collier Citizens Council, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters, Coalition for Quality Public Education, Collier County Presidents Council, Greater Naples Better Government Committee, Coalition for Quality Public Education, Pelican Bay Property Owners Association, East Naples Civic Association, Golden Gate Civic Association, Golden Gate Estates Civic Association and Immokalee Chamber of Commerce.

Seating is on a first-come basis. For more information on the School Board Candidates Forum, please contact Greater Naples Leadership at 239.300.7055 or visit

Greater Naples Leadership (GNL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing proven leaders with a unique opportunity to learn, firsthand, about Collier County’s challenges and to encourage the use of their skills in addressing these needs and bettering the community. For more information on GNL, please call 239.300.7055 or visit