Description: This is an interview record of Lee Pitts Live about focus-lee-county, in which the host and Gerri Ware talk about the athletes, the famous men, the District four Lee County School Board and many interesting things in that small town.
Welcome back to Lee Pitts Live. We got our keynote speakers piercing in on Gerri Ware who got him down here to do a sterling motivational speech. What’s that keynote speaker name? We spoke Vick Woods out of shot town, the best dressed man in Chicago.
That’s great. Gerri Ware, I think you’re the only candidate who’s running for the upcoming office and came out to support this event in the community. Why is it so important that you come out in support. What was going on?
You’re running for District four Lee County School Board. How’s the campaign going so far? So far so good. Getting people to sign my petitions, Ganic words of encouragement. So it’s going well. How can people get your petition? If you call me, I’m always going door-to-door.
If you live in the East area like in the Dunbar area as well as North Fort Myers and north gate, I’m not running it hard. Everybody can come to the district. You have seen a lot of athletes grow up in this area. I know you have one son.
Why do you think so many great athletes come out of Fort Myers this little small town? It’s act of God. That’s all. Everything comes from him and this happens that they’re in Fort Myers. A lot of advance to do that is what most of our kids get involved in, basketball and football.
Now as a school board representative you’re going to be big on making sure that these athletes hit those books as well. Talk about the importance of that. For failing schools I’ve been doing that for years. I advocated for failing school trying to get those kids schools like James Stevens from a failing school to be school.
It’s important for children to read because that’s where I learn exactly. What can people expect from you and every school board representative? What are some key things you’re going to be honing in on?
First of all for failing schools. Because by doing that there will decrease the gap that exists with our children those that excel and those that have failed. So if we get quality teachers being paying a quality salary we can decrease that gap.
Also I’m in favor of the 20/20 vision. What’s the district has is that strategic plan to make the county a world-class school system.
What’s your thoughts about these current superintendent of Lee County School District? Ever since he was over at Dunbar middle school as the principal. So I go way back with them. I admire him. I think that he’s done a wonderful job. I like what he’s doing.
Tell us some key things that people need to be aware of on their calendar as it relates to the upcoming election? When is the primaries? When is early voting? When do they need to be registered to vote all that stuff that you’re always talking about?
I’ll join the the primary. That’s the initial voting and after that the November the fourth is the general election. Those that are successful from the primary election will then go on to the general election.
Now early voting has got to start somewhere probably around early July. Because the mail ballots will be sent out in June. And after that early voting begins.
You’re not somebody who showed up and want to be a school board representative. You go to those city council meeting, school board meetings and commission of meetings. If nobody else is sitting out there especially with your skin color, you’re going to see Gerri Ware.
That’s right because you’ve got to educate yourself. If you don’t know what’s going on. I have a feeling that if I’m on the menu I need to be at the table. So when I say that I mean if you’re talking about me I need to be there to defend me.
So how can I try to educate our people if I don’t go and learn to tell them what’s going on. I’m a big fan of yours and and we’ve been doing each other at least 25 years. I know that you’ll be the best representative for us on that Lee County school board.
I appreciate that because like you said I’ve been advocating out here ever since I came back from college and FAMU in 1965. This is not anything new for me. I’ve been in the trenches ever since 1965.
I’m encouraging you to come out on April 27 to my party at Celsius. That’s going to be a dandy one. That’s all. You’ll see Gerri Ware there. You’ll get to talk to the candidate right there at Lee Pitts Live after work at Celsius on April 27 from 5 o’clock p.m. to 11 o’clock p.m. That’s on a Friday. Live entertainment, red-carpet works right downtown. That’s a Lee Pitts Live party.
Gerri, thanks again for coming to join me. I appreciate you being everywhere in the community doing this. I also appreciate what you are mentoring one of the young men. That’s what we’ve got to do. It is to be mentors for these shooters.
The last time you on my show, you sold out, stood up and turn around. You killed them. Everybody talked about that. You didn’t see it on Facebook and everywhere on TV. They call me Thomas and Gerri. I tagged you on Facebook. It’s only one that I attack. I pushed it. Everybody watched you. Everybody would watch that. Stay with us and you can find Lee Pitts Live on Facebook. You can also catch us by going to my website LeePittsLive.com. Thank you.