Roach coasts to re-election in D-79
By CHUCK BALLARO
Republican incumbent Spencer Roach had very few problems in his first re-election campaign in District 79 as he coasted to an easy victory for State House on Election Day.
District 79, which encompasses North Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres and Babcock Ranch, has traditionally been a very strong district for Republicans and it maintained that part focus on Nov. 3 as Roach received 60.6 percent of the vote, 46,157 total. Democrat Danika Fornear got 39.31 percent, or 29,891.
Roach said his goal in the election was to crack 60 percent after just missing the first time around, and he accomplished it.
“I was unable to do that in my first primary and first general election. I got a high number of votes this past primary but I wanted to crack that 60 percent threshold and we did that. I was pleased I gained more of the vote share,” Roach said.
Roach also said of the four State House seats in Lee County, his is the weakest Republican seat among them, with only 39 percent registered Republicans. That meant Roach got a good share of the independent voters’ votes.
“I want to thank the Republican voters who came and voted for me as well as the moderate Democrats and those with no party affiliation,” Roach said. “It validates the message I have campaigned on regarding limiting the power of government.”
There won’t be much time to rest for Roach. There will be a special session to see where the state can cut $5 billion from its budget as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic fallout.
“That’s going to be a difficult task and balance that with what we have to do with COVID. We need to allocate resources to do the least possible damage to the least amount of people,” Roach said.
Fornear did not return calls for comment.