Coviello, Hollow advance in Cape mayor race

Posted at 10:28 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 08:31:24-04

The top two vote-getters from a crowded field of candidates advanced TUesday to the general election in the race for Cape Coral Mayor.

Joe Coviello received 31% of the vote and Michael Hollow garnered 18%, leading 5 others on the ballot.

"I'm very humbled, we had a tremendous amount of support, I know the campaign the volunteers worked really hard," said Coviello.

Coviello says he'll cut taxes and reduce the size of the municipal government if elected.

He'll face former Lee County Sheriff's Lieutenant Michael Hollow, who wants to add more police officers to the city's force.

"We need to make sure that everyone who has decided, or opted to call Cape Coral home, wants to continue, and that they're safe," said Hollow.

Either Hollow or Coviello will succeed incumbent Mayor Marni Sawicki who decided not to seek a second term.

Sawicki, who had been involved in several controversies as mayor, was at Coviello's victory party Tuesday night.