Sullivan and Sawicki to run for mayor of Cape Coral
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - In Cape Coral, Mayor John Sullivan got the lion's share of the vote in Tuesday's primary. He's headed into a run off in November.
Polls closed at 7 p.m. but it didn't take long to tally the votes. Most precincts reported their numbers within 15 minutes.
Incumbent John Sullivan won 35.75 percent of the vote. He will face off against Marni Sawicki, who received 22.34 percent.
Mayor Sullivan held his watch party at a former councilman's home in the southeast Cape. It was a dinner party, where friends congratulated Sullivan and cheered his victory. He's served the city for nearly four years and voted against raising taxes like the Utilities Expansion Project and Fire Assessment. Sullivan's platforms are lowering taxes and spurring commercial growth in the city.
"This is only round one,"said Sullivan. "There's still another round to go. So, I'm going to be working hard and I'll continue to work for the people and do the best that i can. I hope to win the election, of course."
Sullivan's challenger is Marni Sawicki. She's a single mom, who works in the insurance industry but says she's about to launch her own company. Sawicki held her party at Dixie Roadhouse, where dozens of supporters turned out. Sawicki says, if elected, her vision is to make the city more business friendly and get Cape council members to get along.
"What comes to mind now knowing the race is ahead?," asked Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann to Sawicki. "Right now, it's just about celebrating the team," she said. "That the team's been amazing. They've really just put all their heart and soul into this and tonight's about thanking them and just being humble for what the results are."