Lakeland would be part of a Polk-based new Congressional district under the first draft of redistricting maps released Wednesday by the Florida Senate. More
Lakeland voters today re-elected Bill Mutz as mayor with a 2-to-1 margin that decisively endorsed his call for inclusion and growth over far-right challenger Saga Stevin’s push to “Keep Lakeland, Lakeland.” Two first-term City Commission incumbents — Mike Musick and Sara Roberts McCarley — also scored decisive wins over challengers who sought to bring new faces to the board overseeing city government. More
LATEST UPDATE: NOV. 2
Lakeland’s mayor and two of its city commissioners face challengers in the Nov. 2 city elections. The non-partisan election is open to registered voters who live within city limits.
Read on to learn about the election, the candidates and the two charter issues on the ballot. We will continue to update this Voter Guide through Election Day.More
UPDATED NOV. 1: Lakeland’s mayor election has been hit with three last-minute attack mailers from an out-of-town political action committee run by a man whose name has been associated with last-minute attacks several times. More
The publisher of Lakeland Gazette denies involvement with an unregistered political action committee even though the two share a mailing address and digital links, Florida Politics reports. Both the publication and the PAC support Saga Stevin in her bid for mayor and have published repeated attacks on incumbent Bill Mutz. Mutz said he does not plan to file a complaint, but Florida Politics reports Publisher Robert Anderson has been subject to previous fines from the Florida Elections Commission.
Approaches to diversity and assistance to small businesses were major topics this morning when Lakeland mayor candidates Bill Mutz and Saga Stevin appeared at a forum hosted by the Central Florida Business Diversity Council. The forum was moderated by Larry Mitchell, the organization’s president. RELATED: Ledger coverage
With just over a week until Election Day, the latest Lakeland campaign finance reports show that Mayor Bill Mutz now has the largest campaign chest ($57,725) and largest donor base (202) among the six people running for city office. More
The four candidates for two seats on the Lakeland City Commission expressed views on local issues at a forum sponsored by LkldNow on Wednesday evening. Here is an updated video of the event. The audio is spotty for the first 20 minutes but improves after that.