The Center for Public Integrity and the Associated Press published financial disclosure statements from state legislators nationwide as part of a project examining potential conflicts of interest. You can see Florida legislator disclosures here or scroll down to view the forms filed by those representing Lakeland.
Spath, a 34-year-old former prosecutor who lives in Bartow, is the second candidate to announce she’s running in the special election being held to fill the Florida House 39 seat being vacated by Neil Combee. The other candidate, 22-year-old Josie Tomkow of Lakeland, issued a news release this week (article) saying her campaign raised $50,000 last month.
Lakeland votes again Tuesday. This time there’s only one item on the ballot: a City Commission race. One contestant says he brings a needed small-business owner’s perspective to City Hall. The other says he offers management and budget experience he gained as president of several colleges.
Lakeland voters today swept three political newcomers into office while decisively defeating a measure that would have changed the form of city government to a strong-mayor format.
When Bill Mutz — who won 72 percent of the vote in a four-man race — becomes mayor in January, it will be under the current system, in which the mayor serves as chair of the City Commission and represents the city in ceremonial functions. The appointed city manager will remain the city’s chief executive.
In one of the biggest surprises of the evening, Stephanie Madden unseated incumbent Jim Malless without a runoff in a five-way race. Insurance executive Scott Franklin outpolled civic volunteer Sandy Toledo for Southeast District seat. Larry Durrence and Michael Dunn face off in a Dec. 5 runoff for the Southwest District seat.
— lkld now (@lkldnow) November 8, 2017
|Strong Mayor Charter Amendment|
|Patrick Shawn Jones||1,214||8.97%|
|*||Dunn and Durrence are in a runoff Dec. 5|
|Commission: At Large|
|Kathy Barsotti Smith||961||7.08%|