Cary Carreno, a longtime advisor and financial backer of newly elected U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, isn’t on Spano’s staff, so his role in firing a campaign treasurer and interviewing prospective staffers is raising concerns on Capitol Hill, Politico’s Marc Caputo reports. Campaign finance irregularities have led to calls that Spano not be seated in Congress, but Caputo reports there is little chance of that happening because the election has been certified by state officials.
The three candidates running in the Jan. 15 special election for Lakeland City Commission introduce themselves in videos produced by the city communications department. The candidates are asked to talk about their background, campaign themes, time management and why a citizen should vote for them. Video links:
Mike Ferguson, The Ledger’s new City Hall reporter, profiles the three candidates running in the Jan. 15 special election to fill the remaining three years on the southwest district seat on the Lakeland City Commission. The seat was left vacant by Michael Dunn’s resignation in October. The candidates are:
Patrick Jones, 53, who is focusing on expanding high-speed Internet to bridge the digital divide and increasing entertainment opportunities.
Sara Roberts McCarley, 47, who is focusing on making the city more attractive for young people to return to or stay.
Bill Watts, 53, who is focusing on streamlining code enforcement and permitting, areas where he believes the city has overreached.
The Democratic candidate for the local seat in Congress contends her Republican opponent’s six-month delay in filing a financial disclosure form was aimed at obscuring the source of funds behind a sizable loan he made to his campaign. She’s asking the FBI to investigate.
Despite Kristen Carlson’s 6-point loss to Republican Ross Spano in this month’s face for U.S. House District 15, Democrats remain hopeful about their chances to win the district in 2020, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Potential candidates include Carlson, Andrew Learned of Valrico and Bob Doyel of Winter Haven.
Weeks before leaving Washington, where he’s represented Lakeland in Congress for the last eight years, Dennis Ross discusses his role at Southeastern University and whether he will run for office again. At SEU, he is heading a “conservative think-tank and leadership program” that he says will emphasize compromise. As for politics, he’s not closing options.
While no Democrats won partisan elections in Polk County this year, party activists say they are building a stronger base seen in the solid showing of candidates such as Kristen Carlson and Bob Doyel.
A financial disclosure form filed by Congressman-elect Ross Spano just before last week’s election raises questions about whether personal loans made to Spano were supporters’ attempts to exceed campaign contribution caps, the Tampa Bay Times reports.