Jason Montgomery (LinkedIn), a 43-year-old Lakeland resident who works in Manatee County as the school district’s athletic director, has filed to run as a Democrat for the Florida House District 40 seat currently held by Republican Colleen Burton. He faces another Democrat, Shandale Terrell, in the August 2018 primary. Source: The Ledger
Four declared candidates for Lakeland City Commission — three of them running for the same seat — and two candidates for Polk County Commission are among a dozen people who recently completed a course designed to develop business-minded elected officials.
Patrick Shawn Jones, a 52-year-old heavy metal DJ and certified sterilization technician (Facebook profile), has filed (document) to run for mayor, offering a strong contrast with businessman Bill Mutz, the only other announced candidate. “I know how it is to ride a city bus to work and have to walk home because the bus doesn’t run […]
Source: The Ledger
Saying the current form of city government “best serves the interests of the community,” the political arm of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce voted today to oppose the proposal to change to a strong mayor system.
Three new candidates for Lakeland City Commission share a desire to speak for citizens they say have been marginalized: Kathy Barsotti, the 58-year-old co-owner of Django and Friends Dixieland Emporium, wants to represent people who work and pay taxes but are never asked their opinion: “small businesses, artists, the creators in town, the people all through […]
Both sides presented their case tonight in a forum on the strong mayor question that Lakeland voters will decide Nov. 7. Here is a video replay of tonight’s meeting: Also: Ledger coverage of the forum.
Greg Williams, a 12-year Lakeland resident who teaches graphic design at Keiser University, is one of four Democrats running for the congressional seat held by Dennis Ross, a Lakeland Republican. Source: FloridaPolitics
Andrew Learned, 30, is the fifth Democrat in the race and the only one from Hillsborough County. Source: Tampa Bay Times
City commissioners played editor this morning, tweaking the wording voters will see when they vote Nov. 7 on whether to change the system of city government to strong mayor. The edits include changes sought by both sides of the contentious issue.