Polls are open until 7 p.m. today for a special election to decide who will represent southeast Lakeland on the City Commission until the end of the year. Many polling places have changed, so voters are urged to check their location before heading out.
All registered voters who live within Lakeland city limits may vote in the nonpartisan election.
Four candidates are vying for the seat, and it’s the only race on the ballot. They are Steve Frankenberger, Mike Musick, Ken Post, Shandale Terrell. None has held elective office before.
The election is needed to fill a vacancy on the Lakeland City Commission created when Scott Franklin resigned in connection with his successful race for the U.S. House of Representatives. Lakeland’s seven-member City Commission sets policy for city government.
Those who ordered mail-in ballots have until 7 p.m. today to turn them in. A secure drop box is available in the lobby of Lakeland City Hall, 228 S. Massachusetts Ave.
If no candidate receives a majority of votes today, a runoff election will be held May 4 between the top two vote-getters. Another election will be held in November for a full four-year term for this and three other City Commission seats.