If you vote in person for the Jan. 15 City Commission election, chances are you’ll be going to a new location. In an effort to cut costs, city commissioners today reduced the number of polling places from 25 to 12 — and most of those will be on city property. More
On the eve of his retirement from Congress, Dennis Ross announces he will teach government and civics as Southeastern University launches its Center for Political Leadership.
Contributions to Democrat Kristen Carlson of Lakeland are more than double those of Republican opponent Ross Spano of Dover in the race for U.S. House, District 15, according to latest filings. A quick look:
- Carlson: $905,567 total, including $92,115 in personal contributions and loans; latest report includes $571k from individuals and $13k from PACs.
- Spano: $440,000 total, including $104,500 in personal loans; latest report includes $97k from individuals and $95k from PACs.
Republican incumbent Kelli Stargel is 12 points ahead of Democratic challenger Bob Doyel, a retired circuit judge, in the Florida Senate District 22 race, according to a survey conducted over the weekend by St. Pete Polls. The talley: Stargel 52%, Doyel 40%, Undecided 8%. A poll by the same organization four weeks prior pegged Stargel at a 48%-to-41% advantage | Poll results
Republican state Sen. Kelli Stargel says her race against Democratic challenger Bob Doyel is one of the toughest campaigns she’s run, especially at a time when the national political divide makes civil discourse difficult. She’s been endorsed by Sheriff Grady Judd, while Doyel was endorsed by former President Obama.
After defeating Neil Combee and three others in the Republican primary, congressional candidate Ross Spano of Dover has removed hard-right positions from his campaign website and inserted centrist, family-friendly positions as he approaches a general election against moderate Democrat Kristen Carlson.
Candidates for local, state and federal office introduced themselves and answered questions tonight at a forum at the city of Lakeland’s Coleman-Bush Building. Here is full video from the event, followed by some info on when the various groups of candidates took the stage and who showed up.