Naples City Council Election – February 6, 2018

The upcoming Naples City election will select 3 new members for the City Council. This election is open to registered voters who reside within the Naples city limits. Having a “Naples” mailing address does not automatically mean an individual is a City of Naples resident.

A Candidate Forum was held on January 29, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at City Hall, 735 8th Street South. All qualifying candidates participated. The following organizations co-sponsoried the Forum with the League of Women Voters Collier County: the Collier Citizens Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Naples Leadership.

Candidate Profiles

Profiles are presented in alphabetical order by last name.

  • Terry Hutchison
  • Mitchell Norgart
  • Linda Penniman
  • Gary Price
Terry Hutchison
Candidate for Naples City Council
Candidate Information:

Years in Collier County: 4
Email Address: hutchisonnaples@gmail.com   Website: http://www.hutchisonnaples.com

Current Position & Brief Employment History
7-Eleven Franchise Owner (Stores located at 3rd Street South and the ExxonMobil at Central/Hwy 41) My employment history includes work as a drilling fluids engineer in Oklahoma. After seven years in that role, the oilfield suffered an epic collapse in the late 1980's. Having been married only a year and, with a wife expecting our first child, I went to work for QuikTrip Corporation in Tulsa. I started on the absolute ground-level as an overnight employee...often referred to as the graveyard shift. I was promoted quickly up though the ranks based on merit...not seniority. After becoming a junior executive in the corporate marketing department. I developed a team which delivered tens of millions of dollars in incremental business using a fleet credit card program. We were very successful and other chains used our program as a template to do the same. After twelve years at QuikTrip, I was recruited to Florida to work in the same industry. As an executive at 7-Eleven, I worked in numerous roles. The company wanted to ensure I had exposure to the broad span of responsibilities necessary to maintain and grow a multi-billion dollar enterprise. 7-Eleven is the largest convenience store chain in the world. Eventually, I was tasked with turning around a region of Florida stores which constituted the worst performing stores in the organization. After roughly two years, the results were dramatically different. I had developed a team which turned this same group of stores into being ranked as best performers in the company. Employing over a thousand employees, the financial impact of the turnaround was significant. I was fortunate to have been recognized with the highest award the company offered for delivering superior results. Five years ago, I became a 7-Eleven multiple store franchisee. Thus far, we have been recognized numerous times with awards for the best store operation in the region.

Civic Involvement
If you visit my website (www.hutchisonnaples.com) you will have a better understanding of who I am. Due to life experiences, I give my time and our financial resources to help others. My focus has been on education, health and housing. For several years, Sherri and I have supported the music program at Gulfview Middle School. We want instruments in the hands of many of the children that simply can't afford the expense. By doing so, we hope to give many an opportunity to learn a skill which will enrich their lives and those around them. It is a long-term initiative and one we enjoy being able to support. As a rotarian in The Rotary Club of Naples, I travel to Haiti to assist in orthopedic surgeries. As a member of a small team of specialists, I am responsible for solving any type of problem (other than actual surgery) which might cause the team to be less effective. Things happen, in a country such as Haiti, which are completely unexpected. I solve the problems! I also serve as the sterilization technician. This simply means I clean all the instruments coming out of surgery, they are sanitized and then I ensure the surgical kits are properly prepared for subsequent operations. We impact countless lives by ensuring parents are able to support their families and crippled children can lead fuller, more productive lives. I ma truly humbled to be part of this effort. As a contributor to Habitat for Humanity, we have donated enough funds to build three separate homes. We will build many more in the years to come. This is vitally important to our community as we ensure numerous families have the security of their own home.

Qualifications for This Position
Representing the residents of Naples is a very important responsibility. We are enjoying prosperity, growth and a great quality of life. Nevertheless, there are indications of stress around the edges of our great city. We need a well-diversified council in which there are individuals with experience in helping the city deal with the myriad of issues we face today and, those problems which are on our horizon. My personal business experience has shown me that "good times" are always a precursor to much more difficult periods. My qualifications include: 1. Financial Stewardship: I am a successful businessman and have experience turning around enterprises which are hundreds of millions of dollars in value. We need to place a city councilor in office who doesn't need on-the-job training when the time comes for effectively managing a budget. We have serious financial issues facing our city right now. By not having adequate reserves ahead of Hurricane Irma, we are now considering taking out a loan to satisfy our obligation in building a new fire department. Unfortunately, we bulldozed the fire department next to City Hall before we had a firm contract in hand nailing down the expense. This error will cost the taxpayers millions of dollars in un-budgeted funds. Furthermore, the costs associated with Hurricane Irma will end up with a price tag of over 15 million dollars. This is well over the 3.5 million dollars of reserves we had in place. Remember, we were fortunate the hurricane was not as damaging as anticipated. Our reserves must be increased to mirror the actual outlay spent in repairing Irma's destruction. How can we justify less? 2. People Skills: I have a reputation of surrounding myself with the best people possible. It has been clear to me, that by placing the right people in the right jobs, things go right! As a city councilor, I will influence my peers, and others supporting our city, to do the same. Furthermore, I can work effectively with others and build relationships. Tough decisions need to be made. We need a council which can build a great working relationship with Collier County officials. Relationships are very effective in getting things done....I can help make this happen. 3. Trust: The endorsements I have received speak to the trust that others have in my judgement. There is a reason why the leaders of our community and neighborhood associations are firmly behind me. They know I will do the right thing in protecting Naples from the temptation to allow over-development or....redevelopment which compromises our building codes. They also know that my rational, conservative approach as a steward of our financial resources, is an attribute needed now more than ever. I have the trust of people such as Bill Finlay Naples City Councilor, John Allen and Dolph Von Arx of Port Royal, Linda Black of The Moorings, Bill Lutz of Coquina Sands, John Lehmann of The Olde Naples Association, Jim and Ruth Goetz (Jim is the former Lt. Governor of Minnesota) and many others. I also have the support of the thousands of Naples residents I serve at my stores. No other candidate personally serves a wider demographic of our community on a daily basis. I am completely accessible and will remain so! 4. Integrity: Regardless of where you stand on the parking garage planned for 4th and 4th, I was the only candidate standing in front of city council to oppose the project. We need solutions to parking in our city however, there were several flaws in this particular effort. Had the garage been built, it would have benefited me personally to a great extent. My 7-Eleven stores would have sold vast amounts of merchandise to the contractors building the garage and, in the long term, we would have sold even more to those using the garage as they visited our beaches. Use this issue as a prime example as to how I will make decisions which are consistent with the interests of our community and not the size of my bank account. 5. Unbiased Perspectives: I will bring a fresh perspective to handling the important issues we are facing in Naples. I am not a politician nor am I a product of the standard political career path in Naples. To make it absolutely clear. I have the utmost respect for those that serve on our advisory boards, commissions and committees. Nevertheless, it is OK to seat councilors with unbiased, fresh perspectives which mirror the hopes of our residents rather than developers and outside consultants. Finally, you have my commitment to ensure we protect our precious beaches and our environment. We have come to accept 6. Ethics: We should all expect tremendous pressure on our town resulting from the growth in Collier County. With this growth will come decisions which must be made on whether or not we approve a Highway 41 "lane diet", variances to our building codes and sundry other issues. We must elect individuals who support a strong ethics policy for our city. I am a candidate supporting a stronger ethics policy which will take us through the challenging times ahead. 7. I serve as the Vice President/Government Affairs for franchisees in south Florida. Additionally, I am a board member with the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA). The CFA is an association which represents franchisees from Subway, Dunkin Donuts, 7-Eleven, Meineke, Supercuts, UPS and many other companies. In my role, I often travel to Washington D.C. to meet with our congressional representatives and solve problems impacting the communities we serve. I intend to expand on these relationships both at the federal and state level as a Naples City Councilor.

Top Three Priorities for This Position
1. Financial Stewardship 2. Effectively Managing Growth 3. Protecting our Environment and Beaches

Family Information
Married for 31 years to Sherri. We have two grown children, Courtney (29) and Cody (26). We have three adorable grandchildren.

Education
Graduated from Seminole State College in Oklahoma.


Mitchell Norgart
Candidate for Naples City Council
Candidate Information:

Years in Collier County: 40
Email Address: mlnorgart@gmail.com   Website: http://www.mitchnorgart.com    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MitchNorgartNaples    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mitchfornaples

Current Position & Brief Employment History
I have been a realtor for 28 years and real estate broker for 21 years. Prior to that, I worked for Ritz-Carlton Hotels for five years as a Sales Manager. PBA Airlines for 5 years.

Civic Involvement
President - Gulf Coast Runners, a 45 year non-profit organization based in Naples. Board member for 25 years. Vice President - Naples Philharmonic League 8 years Board member - Artis-Naples 2 years City of Naples - Board member - Design Review Board

Qualifications for This Position
I have successfully run my real estate practice for 27 years and have served in a leadership capacity on several non-profit Boards in Naples over the last 25 years. Currently, I am President of Gulf Coast Runners, a 501c3 non-profit based in Naples. We have over 1,100 members and raise money for local charities through our races and we have a Youth Development Fund that has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars for college scholarships to local high school seniors. I have been vice president on the Board of the Philharmonic League/Artis -Friends for ten years which has raised over $5mm for the youth music education programs. I currently serve on the city of Naples Design Review Board. I have spent all this time learning how to be a good leader and team player and am ready to serve the citizens of Naples as a city councilman. Plus, I love this town and want to I've back!

Top Three Priorities for This Position
Sustainability- of our quality of life in Naples, of our natural resources. For future generations! Wise Municipal Planning - adhere strictly to zoning and building codes. Cooperation between the city and the county - make sure the city gets it's fair share of revenues for all joint projects and work closely with the county to get more workforce housing in the county.

Family Information
Married to Erica, together we have a blended family of six children and three grandchildren, all raised in Naples and educated in CCPS.

Education
BS - University of South Florida 1981 Licensed Real estate agent - 1990 Licensed real estate broker - 1997


Linda Penniman - Incumbent
Candidate for Naples City Council
Candidate Information:

Years in Collier County: 21
Email Address: lspenniman@gmail.com   Website: http://lindapenniman.com

Current Position & Brief Employment History
Vice Mayor, City of Naples, fl.

Civic Involvement
Charter Member of Collier Citizens' Council-chaired two forums for that organization-one on beach renourishment and one on Sea Level Rise Member of Greater Naples Leadership-twice been a board member. Currently on the board chairing Lunch with Leaders Program Member of League of Women Voters-board member at one time -Chair for Education. Member of League Club-served on the allocations committee for two years running Recognized as Woman of Initiative

Qualifications for This Position
Member of Planning Advisory Board, city of Naples Member of Coastal Advisory Committee for Collier County, 5 years Member of Metropolitan Planning Organization-Collier County, 4 years Chair of Moorings Property Owners' Association -6 years

Top Three Priorities for This Position
Fiscal responsibility post-Irma Full public engagement in revisit of the Vision Plan and Comp Plan for the City of Naples Full execution of storm water master plan that has yet to be presented-provided it is a comprehensive approach to stormwater management and planning.

Family Information
Husband-Nick Children - Rebecca and Nick Grandchildren - 5 from ages 21 to 9

Education
3 years of college


Gary Price
Candidate for Naples City Council
Candidate Information:

Years in Collier County: 18
Email Address: garypricefornaples@gmail.com   Website: http://www.garypricefornaples.com    Facebook: https://facebook.com/garypricefornaples    Twitter: https://twitter.com/naplesbeach

Current Position & Brief Employment History
Member of the Planning Advisory Board. Partner/Owner of Fifth Avenue Advisors, a multi-family office for entrepreneurs and their families. Started the company 10 years ago in Naples.

Civic Involvement
Past Board Service: Boys and Girls Club. Been involved with many organizations over the past 17 years. Currently serve as the Treasurer for Moorings Presbyterian Church, an Elder and Chair of the Coordinating Council.

Qualifications for This Position
Served on the Planning Advisory Board from 2001-2006, appointed to Naples City Council in Sept 2005 and then was elected to City Council in 2006. I was reelected in 2010 and also served as Vice Mayor from 2012-2014. Chaired the Naples Pension Board from 2008-2016. Appointed back on the PAB in 2016 and serve on that board currently. I was involved in groundbreaking legislation in 2014 with the State of Florida in helping to form a bill that passed to reform pensions in Florida. The League of Cities awarded me the Home Rule Hero Award in 2014, citing that piece of legislation was one of the top five most important bills to pass in 30 years of the Legislature.

Top Three Priorities for This Position
1. Managing the growth and redevelopment of the city. I want to keep and protect this charming city so my daughter will want to raise her children here. I am passionate about preserving the character and charm we are so blessed to have in Naples. Just as important, I would like to see us strive to be considered the KINDEST city in America, that will be a key priority for me. 2. Carefully managing the fiscal responsibilities, greater attention to the budget, better oversight of large projects/investments. Our budget has grown significantly (40% since 2010) and we need to be good stewards of the taxpayers money. That's what I have fought for the past 16 years in my service and plan to continue to be vigilant in my efforts. 3. Listen to the people we represent, I plan to reach out and conduct more small group chats, town hall meetings, etc. all in an effort to understand the priorities and concerns of our residents. We will face great challenges in the next 5-10 years, so we better elect people who can listen, process all the information available and make good decisions for our future.

Family Information
Married to my wife Kim for 26 years and we have two children, Garrett is 22 and Kaitlin is 20.

Education
BSBA Real Estate and Urban Analysis, Ohio State University, 1984-1988