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Meet Your Newly-Elected Commissioners


District 1 - Kevin Ruane


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Biography

Kevin Ruane was elected to the Lee Board of County Commissioners after serving as the Mayor of Sanibel for more than a decade.

He had visited Sanibel for 20 years with his family before purchasing a home there in 2004. Hurricane Charley quickly turned Kevin’s attention to becoming a public servant. He signed on as a member of the Hurricane Damage Assessment Team in Sanibel.

Kevin was appointed to the Sanibel City Council to serve an interim position in February 2007. In May 2007, he was elected for a seat on the City Council. He was re-elected in March 2009 and was appointed Mayor in March 2010.

Kevin has served as a voting delegate for the Florida League of Cities. In 2016, he was instrumental in forming the largest compact for water quality in the organization’s history with more than 165 mayors participating. In 2020, he was awarded the Florida League of Cities E. Harris Drew Municipal Official Lifetime Award.

In 2014, Gov. Rick Scott appointed Kevin to the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. He was re-appointed in 2019 by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Kevin attended both undergraduate and graduate schools at Pace University with a concentration in accounting and taxation. He took over for his father at his family’s CPA firm and his corporate career included various senior executive positions with a subsidiary of a Fortune 100 company.

Today, his company, Castleton Capital, provides financing to small businesses throughout the United States. It’s a family affair: wife Doreen, daughter Shannon and son Kevin Jr. also work at the firm.




Biography

Commissioner Ray Sandelli was originally appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis following the passing of his predecessor in 2019 and was then elected in the 2020 campaign.

Ray is a proud veteran whose service to our country began as a naval officer and aviator. He deployed aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Independence, served as training command instructor and a final tour as a member of the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.

Following his military service, Ray began a forty-year career in the private sector with the world’s largest commercial real estate firm, CBRE. He held sales and senior management assignments in major markets from coast to coast including responsibility for all Florida operations and locally based CRE Consultants. He has been involved in a number of educational, charitable and civic organizations including Chairman of real estate graduate studies at the University of Florida, Habitat for Humanity, and Past President of Rotary.

In his initial year as a County Commissioner, Ray additionally serves as the liaison to the Horizon Council, Lee County Human Services Veteran Services, Juvenile Justice Circuit Advisory Board and CREW. He is active and remains engaged with the Lee CARES team and programs to help stabilize the needs of our neighbors and restore our business community.

Commissioner Sandelli was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from Monmouth University. He and his wife Jan have been married for 38 years and are the proud parents of three grown children, Rachael, Christopher, and Jessica.



District 3 - Ray Sandelli


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District 5 - Frank Mann


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Biography

Commissioner Frank Mann is a lifelong resident of Lee County and received his degree in political science from Vanderbilt University in 1964. He has spent 45 years in the business community and was founder of his own insurance agency in 1967.

Frank’s career in public service began in 1974. He served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives and four years in the Florida Senate, representing Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties. In 1986 he was his party’s nominee for Lt. Governor of Florida.

During his 14 years of service on the Commission, he has served as chairman of the Lee County Commission, the Lee County Port Authority and Tourist Development Council. His priority during his career in public service has been the preservation of our quality of life in the face of almost overwhelming growth.

On June 1, 2020, Frank and his wife, Mary Lee, celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Frank enjoys spoiling his three beautiful grandchildren. He is an active member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church. As part of his church activities, he has been a choir member for over 50 years and also plays baritone horn in the church orchestra.




Meet Your Sitting Commissioners

​District 2 - Cecil Pendergrass

​District 4 - Brian Hamman


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