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The city of Lakeland is holding an election April 6 to fill a temporary seat on the City Commission, and information packets are available from the city clerk for anybody interested in running.

The seat represents the city’s Southeast District, and candidates are required to live in that district, under the City Charter. The district includes the areas of Lakeland east of Florida Avenue and south of the CSX railroad tracks through downtown Lakeland. (View a map.)

The person elected this spring will serve until Dec. 31. That’s the remainder of the term of former Commissioner Scott Franklin, who resigned from the office effective Jan. 3, the date he became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

An election will be held in November for a full four-year term on the City Commission that starts Jan. 1, 2022.

Don Selvage was appointed by the City Commission to fill the Southeast District seat on an interim basis until a new commissioner is elected on April 6 — or in a May 4 runoff if no candidate receives a majority in April. Selvage has said he will not run for the position.

Before Selvage was appointed, the commission sought applicants for the interim position. Twenty people applied, including five who said they were planning to run in April and two who said they were considering running.

People interested in running are asked to contact City Clerk Kelly Koos at 863.834.6210 or kelly.koos@lakelandgov.net for an appointment to pick up a candidate packet.

Candidates will be able to submit their paperwork to run for the office between noon on Feb. 15 to noon Feb 19.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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