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Election 2020: Growth, development shape race for sprawling, rural Collier commission district 5

In Collier County’s largest commission district by area, where builders plan rural communities and environmentalists worry about preserving wildlife habitat and wetlands, growth and development issues frequently bubble up.

The topic is helping shape the race for District 5, which covers swaths of land from Everglades City to Golden Gate Estates, Immokalee and Ave Maria, and four candidates are vying to represent the vast area. 

Commissioner Bill McDaniel, a Republican, has held the seat since he was elected in 2016 and now faces Republican challenger Mike Petscher in the Aug. 18 primary.

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