The two-term city commissioner confirmed he won’t seek a third term. Lakelanders can expect at least three new new city commissioners next year, since Mayor Howard Wiggs and Commissioner Edie Yates will be ineligible to run again this fall. Source: The Ledger
Ross Opposed Move to Weaken Ethics Office, Spokesman Says
@RepDennisRoss of #lkld opposed the now-abandoned move to gut the House ethics office, a spokesman tells @tb-times. https://t.co/3C1iwDSK59 — Lkld Now (@LkldNow) January 3, 2017
Ex-Lakeland Pastor Paula White Slated for Trump Inauguration
White, a former leader of Without Walls Church here, now heads New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka. “Her presence at the inauguration is a very strong indicator that Trump’s White House will be a safe space for the Christian right’s most controversial characters,” The Daily Beast said in a snarky commentary. Source: Palm Beach Post
Meet Dena DeCamp, Presidential Elector from Lakeland
Dena Stebbins DeCamp has been riding a political high the last few months. “This year has been the most fun I’ve ever had in politics,” she said. “I’ve hit the trifecta. I spoke at Trump rallies. I went to the Republican National Convention. I’m going to the inauguration.” And on Monday, she will be one of […]
Trump Pollster: Election Hinged on Polk, Four Other Counties
Source: Daily Beast
Critics of Trump’s Treasury Pick Cite Lakeland Foreclosure
OneWest, a bank established by Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin and associates during the recession, foreclosed on 90-year-old Ossie Lofton of Lakeland after a 27-cent payment error involving her reverse mortgage. The foreclosure is being contested in Polk County Circuit Court by a Florida Rural Legal Services lawyer. Source: Politico
Strong-Mayor Group: Signature Collection Nearly Finished
The group pushing for an “executive mayor” for Lakeland said efforts at polling places helped them add nearly enough signatures to get the issue on an upcoming city ballot. (Were they at all the voting locations? Nobody from the group approached me at Precinct 222.) Source: The Ledger
Lakeland Mirrors Polk in Support for Trump
Are the politics of Lakeland voters different from those of the rest of Polk County? Not so much, if the results of Tuesday’s presidential voting are an indication.
Vote Results: 2016 General Election
U.S. results: President | Senate (Fla. seat) | House (Fla. seats) Florida results: Amendments | Senate | House | Judges Local results: Check below for results of Polk County elections, including countywide races/ballot issues and legislative races for seats representing Lakeland and nearby areas. Polk turnout was 70.79 percent.
Election Day Links; Check Results Tonight
Polls are open until 7 tonight. Find information on voting below and a link to an election guide in case you need to brush up on the candidates and ballot issues. And check back tonight for results of the local races.