The newest candidate for the seat in Congress that represents Lakeland is Eddie Geller, a 37-year-old entertainer and activist who recently moved to Brandon to run for the seat, The Ledger reports. Geller faces Jesse Philippe in the Democratic primary that will determine who faces Republican incumbent Scott Franklin of Lakeland next fall. He said he was motivated to run by seeing Franklin “vote to challenge the election results and perpetuate the big lie.” LINKS: Tampa Bay Times article | Campaign website | YouTube announcement
News Service of Florida reporter Dara Kam explores some tricky issues that could face Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady if his wife of 24 years, Jennifer Canady of Lakeland, succeeds Colleen Burton in the Florida House of Representatives. The Canadys respond that they will follow all rules and laws. “My husband has spent his entire career in public service meticulously following the law,” Jennifer Canady said. Florida News Service has allowed LkldNow to publish the full article: More
Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross of Lakeland is taking on a new role working with young adults in addition to his position at Southeastern University. He has been named interim CEO of College to Congress, a non-profit organization that provides financial support for low-income students who are placed in congressional internships. More
Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Franklin of Lakeland has raised a “modest” $81,627 toward his re-election in the most recent quarter and has $153,244 cash on hand, while his two Democratic challengers have reported no funds yet in the current cycle, Florida Politics reports. A little more than half of second-quarter contributions came from individuals; the rest came from political action committees representing developers, agriculture and aerospace, among others. | MORE: Campaign finance reports
U.S. Rep. Scott Franklin of Lakeland got an unwelcome distinction this week when Axios reported he is among the five freshman House members who have missed the most votes this session. But Franklin said today that all of the votes he missed were taken during a quick trip to Lakeland for a major announcement and none were on issues where his vote would have been decisive. More
U.S. Rep. Scott Franklin, whose district includes most of Lakeland, declined to say how he voted Wednesday when House Republicans removed Liz Cheney from her leadership post, The Ledger reports. Rep. Greg Steube of Sarasota, whose district extends to some south Lakeland suburbs, voted to remove Cheney as the chair of the House Republican conference. Cheney was ousted after repudiating former President Trump’s allegations that the 2020 election election results were fraudulent.
Lakeland voters today selected Mike Musick to serve on the Lakeland City Commission until the end of the year. He received 50.7% of the vote against Shandale Terrell in a runoff election for the seat representing southeast Lakeland on the nonpartisan board. More