Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno endorses Ray Sandelli
The announcement of Ray Sandelli to the Lee County Commission was almost anti-climactic.

Both men are facing their first elections since being appointed.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno endorsed County Commissioner Ray Sandelli Tuesday.

Sandelli was Gov. Ron DeSantis’ choice to fill a vacancy on the County Commissioner after the death of Larry Kiker.

Former Gov. Rick Scott appointed Marceno to be Lee County’s top cop in 2018 after the retirement of Sheriff Mike Scott.

“Ray Sandelli has dedicated himself to serving his country and community,” Marceno said.

“From his military service as a Naval Aviator to his current service as our County Commissioner, Ray always puts his community first and it is my honor to endorse him. Ray is a strong supporter of law enforcement and will fight every day to protect our tax dollars, environment, and quality of life.”

Sandelli welcomed support from the county leader.

“I am honored to have earned the trust and support of Sheriff Marceno,” Sandelli said.

“We are truly blessed to have a Sheriff whose leadership and dedication to our County helps ensure our public safety every day. His endorsement means a great deal to me both personally and professionally.”

The move comes as both men face their first election since being appointed to their respective positions.

As Sandelli looks toward his first election, he has picked up the endorsement of Lee County’s Mayors as well, including Fort Myers Beach’s Anita Cereceda, Cape Coral’s Joe Coviello, Fort Myers’ Randy Henderson, Sanibel’s Kevin Ruane and Bonita Springs’ Pete Simmons.

The commercial real estate broker previously flew with the Blue Angels and served abroad in the Middle East and Cyprus.

He was a late contender for Lee County Commissioner and came under consideration in part thanks to a recommendation from House Republican Leader Dane Eagle.

Right now, Sandelli faces a primary challenge from Estero Village Councilman Nick Batos, who also applied for the appointment. Democrat Todd Truax has filed for the seat as well.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    February 20, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Sheriff Marceno’s felony abuse of a disabled adult.

    I have been on complete SS disability for 10 years with avascular necrosis of knees and hips, bilateral hip replacements, gout, spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease, open back surgery, hypertension, PTSD, anxiety disorder and social phobia. I was jailed for 3 weeks for not paying a contempt of court fine in Lee County, Florida 6 months after open back surgery while I was still experiencing post-surgical pain and disability. I was provided zero accommoadations, forced to sleep on the floor because I was physically unable to jump into a top bunk, no ADA compliant toilet/shower facilities. Transported is a school bus without handicap grab bars (i was handcuffed and chained to other inmates so grab bars may not have been helpful if they were available). My blood pressure and PTSD/anxiety medications were abruptly ended and I was place in solitary for 8 hours in only my underwear and shorts and barefoot in a 55 degree windy cell with only steel and concrete surfaces that plummeted my temperature to 97 degrees. Inmates wear thermal underwear and a fairly heavy jump suit. These acts are felony abuse of a disabled adult under State law, Florida statute 825.102, and patently clear ADA violations.

    All disabled persons residing at the Lee jails are subjected to similar ADA violations.

    Further, the sheriff has formal written rules in place that allow his nurses to override and trump any determinations of disability made by the Social Security administration and medical doctors to allow him to violate the ADA with a fraudulent determination by his nurses.

    General counsel for the Florida Department of Health is prosecuting the medical personnel. I don’t believe they are addressing the ADA issues. See links below that also contain contact info. for the officials involved in the DOH investigations. The FL DOH has extensive documentation on this issue and I waive all privacy and HIPAA rights concerning my medical records currently in the custody of the FL DOH and the DOH can forward all materials to the Dept. of Justice.


    Sherriff’s medical staff investigation

    Prosecution phase begins

    Affidavit sparking investigations,

    Thank you. Digital signature: -/s/- Scott Huminski

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