Ross Spano, the newly elected Republican congressman representing much of Lakeland, is looking ahead to 2020, filing a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. Complaints about loans to his 2018 campaign have been filed with that body.
In complaints filed with the Federal Elections Commission, Jan Barrow, president of the Democratic Women’s Club of Lakeland, alleges newly elected Republican U.S. Rep. Ross Spano and two of his associates violated election laws last year. Personal loans made to Spano by the two associates were converted to loans Spano made to his campaign, and that violated campaign limits, she alleges.
Sara Roberts McCarley was elected to a nearly-three-year-term on the Lakeland City Commission, capturing 74.2 percent of the vote in today’s three-candidate special election.
She will represent southwest Lakeland on the seven-member board, serving out the term that was vacated when former Commissioner Michael Dunn resigned in October. More
Candidates are Patrick Shawn Jones, Sara Roberts McCarley and Bill Watts. Review election coverage here.
Some polling locations have been moved for this election as the City Commission decided to consolidate 25 precincts into 12 locations.
Before you vote on Tuesday, make sure you check the location of your polling place. Voting locations have changed for many who will be voting in Tuesday’s special election for Lakeland city commissioner. And for quite a few voters, postcards that arrived in the mail last week contained incorrect locations.
Two of the three candidates for Lakeland City Commission — Patrick Shawn Jones and Bill Watts — participated in a moderated debate tonight at LkldLive. Check the video below. The first few minutes are missing because of technical issues, but we’ll be adding a separate video of that potion soon. Tuesday is Election Day in the special election to fill the three years left in the Southwest District seat on the commission vacated by Michael Dunn.
All three candidates in next Tuesday’s special election for Lakeland City Commission — Patrick Shawn Jones, Sara Roberts McCarley and Bill Watts — spoke and answered questions tonight at a meeting of the Dixieland Historic Neighborhood Association at Hillcrest Coffee. To our knowledge, it is the one open-to-the-public event during the shortened campaign season where all three candidates appeared. (Read Ledger coverage of the forum.) Here is video captured for LkldNow by David Dickey:
Two forums scheduled for Tuesday evening will let Lakeland voters meet and hear from candidates running in the Jan. 15 special election to fill the Southwest District seat on the Lakeland City Commission.
All three candidates have agreed to speak at the Dixieland Historic Neighborhood Association’s 6:30 meeting at Hillcrest Coffee, 119 Hillcrest St., organizers say. Two of the candidates say they will speak at a forum at LkldLive, 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. Doors for that event open at 7 p.m., and the forum is expected to start at 7:30. More
Between the two of them, Patrick Jones and Bill Watts have raised a little over $1,000 for their City Commission campaigns. Sara Roberts McCarley has attracted 11 individual $1,000 donations, part of a campaign treasury topping $30,000. More
In preparation for the Jan. 15 City Commission special election, LkldNow sat down with each of the three candidates and asked them the same questions — some serious and some light-hearted. The idea is to give voters a chance to get to know each of the three candidates better. Here is a transcript of our interview with Sara Roberts McCarley. (All interviews edited for clarity.) More