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DeLacey, Price take seats on M/PIFCD board

By PAULETTE LeBLANC - | Nov 11, 2020

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com

In the election for Matlacha/Pine Fire Control District Board of Commissioners, Jamie DeLacey claimed seat one and Neil Price grabbed seat two.

DeLacey earned 63 percent of the vote at the polls (3,141) to defeat Ila Valcarcel, who received 37 percent of the vote (1,811).

Price received 46 percent (2,206) to defeat Ted Serrell (30 percent or 1,430 votes) and Gordon Short (24 percent or 1,137 votes.)

DeLacey is looking forward to her time on the district board.

“I’m honored and blessed to take on the responsibility of fire commissioner and I hope to serve our community and fire district with the utmost dignity,” said DeLacey.

Running against her was incumbent Valcarcel, who was appointed earlier this year after Michael Dreikorn vacated his commissioner seat to run for the Lee County Commission.

“I would like to thank Chief Mickuleit and the entire fire department for their support and allowing me the opportunity to serve our community as vice chairman of the board of commissioners,” Valcarcel said. “It has been a privilege and an honor to perform this civic duty. I am very proud of the accomplishments that were achieved during my term.

“I trust that my replacement will continue to assist in future positive results for the good of our community and I wish Jamie the best of luck in her new position,” added Valcarcel, who intends to continue her involvement with the department.

Price also thanked the voters on his re-election.

“I thank the residents of Pine Island, Matlacha and Cape Royal for their support and votes electing me to seat two,” he said. “I look forward to serving our community to the best of my ability to ensure excellent emergency first response services. I will strive to ensure we are prudent in our use of tax dollars, are efficient in our operations, and we provide rapid and effective emergency response.”

Ted Serrell, who was also running for seat two, offered his congratulations to Price on securing the seat.