What’s happening in the campaign

This page will help keep you updated on what’s going on in our campaign and around town. November 7 will be an important election date in Cape Coral. I urge you to get acquainted with all the candidates who are running for election and cast your vote on November 7. Let your voice be heard!

Rick Williams speaks to the crowd at the Veterans’ Museum on August 9

Meet and Greet at Veterans’ Museum a great success

August 9, 2017 – Councilman Rick Williams held a casual Meet and Greet at the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library located at 4802 Leonard Street in Cape Coral on Wednesday, August 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Appetizers and drinks were provided by Jill Heinzeroth of Jill’s Joint in the north Cape. Her appetizers and chocolate chip cookies proved to be big hits.

About 35 people attended the event, many of whom were military veterans. The discussions were lively and far-reaching! For two hours, Councilman Williams talked about economic development and infrastructure, while addressing specific questions about parks and recreational opportunities, utilities expansion, the Seven Islands, Bimini Basin, negotiations with LCEC, the old golf course, modular homes, affordable housing for residents, vacation rentals, the new RV park planned for the north Cape, and our canals and waterways. The crowd proved to be quite knowledgeable on what’s happening in Cape Coral and engaged in a lively dialog.

The Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library http://www.swfmm.org/ is dedicated to honoring our military, preserving and displaying military artifacts and memorabilia, while educating the public about our nation’s heritage. Displays range from the Revolutionary War through the Afghanistan conflict. All artifacts have been donated or loaned by the military, government and generous individuals.

Councilman Williams has served on the Cape Coral City Council for four years and as Mayor Pro Tem for the last two years. He served 22 years in the U.S. Navy and has been an active member and avid supporter of the Military Museum for many years.

Rick Williams completes ballot qualification

Rick Williams, Councilman for District 6, Cape Coral City Council

July 3, 2017 – Council Member Richard “Rick” Williams has completed ballot qualification today for re-election to Cape Coral City Council, District 6 which he first won in 2013. Originally from Connecticut, Williams has been a resident of Cape Coral for 13 years and has been a voice of common sense policies on the council and as Mayor Pro-Tem, tackling the city’s most pressing short- and long-term needs.

Williams was the founder and architect of Cape Coral’s first-ever Youth Council, a forum for youth to actively participate in city government, providing it with valuable insights and perspective. He is also Chairman of the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and has been on many of its subcommittees in recent years. He is an active member of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Legislative Committee for the Florida League of Cities.

Issues he has actively supported include three reductions to the city’s property millage tax rates, overhauling city employees’ pay structure to improve retention, public safety initiatives, road paving, street lights, veterans housing, and reducing the backlog of capital improvements. Williams has been actively involved in the community for many years and chaired festivals and events that clean up neighborhoods and raise money for local charities and social causes.

Williams’ agenda for the next four years will center around advancing youth initiatives, managing affordable, smart growth for the city, strengthening business growth and opportunities, moving promising destination developments forward, focusing on water and environmental issues, meeting the needs of veterans, and keeping a lid on taxes.

Williams retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of service and managed GE Clinical Services’ National Service Center in New York, a division of GE Medical Systems. As in 2013, Williams plans a grassroots, listening campaign. For a full biography, accomplishments and agenda or to volunteer to help in the campaign, please visit http://RickForCapeCoral.com.