Southwest Florida boasts two high-performing agencies that make living here tolerable.
The mosquito control boards of Collier and Lee counties are key players in public health and welfare.
The fact that we seldom hear complaints about bugs, noise from spray planes or toxicity from chemicals ought to tell us something about the elected officials who are in charge.
This year the only two board seats on the Nov. 6 ballot -- one in each county -- are held by high-quality public servants.
They enjoy their specialized missions and, frankly, are capable of much higher-profile public offices. Voters can re-elect them with confidence when early voting starts Oct. 27.
In Collier, Dave Farmer, a civil engineer with a passion for the environment, seeks election after being appointed in 2010. He is a veteran of community advisory boards and the Big Cypress Basin. He is squarely focused on fiscal and ecologically friendly performance.
* Also in race: Matt Novak.
* Who can vote? All 177,000 voters in Collier County.
* Questions? Call the Collier County Supervisor of Elections at 252-8450.
In Lee, the dean of our region's mosquito control leaders, Larry Murphy, wants to keep going after 12 years of service.
This retired veterinarian brings special insights about the importance of mosquito control to people as well as pets.
The bottom line: This lifetime resident of Lee knows what he is doing and helps make the community a safer place to live.
* Also in race: Melissa Dortch.
* Who can vote: All 376,000 voters in Lee.
* Questions? Call the Lee County Supervisor of Elections at 533-8683.