Registered voters in a largely rural district north and east of Lakeland go to the polls Tuesday to decide between Republican Josie Tomkow, 22, and Ricky Shirah, 64, for a seat in the Florida House. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read on to find out more, including where to vote and do last-minute research on the candidates.

Ballot: Here’s a sample ballot. It includes one race:

Florida House District 39 – A special election is being held to fill the seat vacated by Republican Neil Combee when he resigned to take an agriculture position in the Trump administration. Tomkow got 63.5 percent of the vote to defeat Jennifer Spath in the February primary election. Shirah had no primary opponent.

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Next election: Since this election fills an unexpired term, the winner will take office for only a few months before running for re-election. The primary elections for the next two-year term are scheduled for Aug. 28, and the general election is  Nov. 6.


Read wrapup articles from The Ledger and Bay News 9.

Candidate debate video: Jan. 23 primary debate between Tomkow and Spath; Tomkow decided not to attend the only debate scheduled with Shirah.


Tomkow: WebsiteCampaign Facebook | Personal Facebook was either deleted or hidden from non-friends
Shirah: WebsiteCampaign Facebook | Personal Facebook

Campaign Contributions: Tomkow $188,513.04; Shirah $16,661.00 | Search contributions


Numbers: 93,255 are eligible to vote: 34,542 Republicans 29,726 Democrats; 28,987 independents and other parties.

As of Friday, 16,409 ballots had been mailed out and 7,713 of them were returned; 556 people participated in early voting.

Polling places by precinct number (find your precinct here.):

101: Outreach Baptist Church 11425 Rockridge Rd Lakeland 33809

102: Green Pond Baptist Church 5995 Green Pond Church Rd Polk City 33868

103: Polo Park 426 Polo Park Blvd Davenport 33897

104: Polo Park East 525 Polo Park East Blvd Davenport 33897

105: Ridge M.H.P. Clubhouse 49473 US Hwy 27 Davenport 33897

106: Lion’s Den Building 6007 Central Ave., NW Kathleen 33810

107: Donald Bronson Community Center 124 Bronson Trail Polk City 33868

108: Donald Bronson Community Center 124 Bronson Trail Polk City 33868

109: Bethel Baptist Church 3125 W Socrum Loop Rd Lakeland 33810

110: Our Savior Lutheran Church 6920 N Socrum Loop Rd Lakeland 33809

111: Together Church 6725 N Socrum Loop Rd Lakeland 33809

113: Kathleen United Methodist Church 3902 3rd Street NW Lakeland 33810

114: The Revolution Church of Lakeland 7315 Kathleen Road Lakeland 33810

115: Cornerstone Baptist Church 6725 Green Road Lakeland 33810

117: Believers’ Fellowship Church 5240 N Socrum Loop Rd Lakeland 33809

123: Church of Jesus Christ L.D.S. 1001 Dunson Road Davenport 33896

124: Florida Camp Inn 48504 US Hwy 27 Davenport 33897

203: Gapway Baptist Church 1705 N Combee Rd Lakeland 33801

208: The Hamptons 1094 US Hwy 92, W Auburndale 33823

215: Trinity Christian Center 4416 E County Road 540A Lakeland 33813

219: Rhema Word of Faith Int’l 3330 Skyview Drive Lakeland 33801

226: Citrus Woods Clubhouse Annex 1610 Reynolds Rd Lakeland 33801

227: K-Ville Community Center 1339 Payne Street Auburndale 33823

251: Trinity Christian Center 4416 E County Road 540A Lakeland 33813

301: Donald Bronson Community Center 124 Bronson Trail Polk City 33868

303: Lake Ariana Clubhouse 321 Ramsgate Road Auburndale 33823

304: Legacy Community Church 201 Dickey Road Auburndale 33823

307: Lena Vista United Methodist Church 690 Berkley Road Auburndale 33823

309: Auburndale Community Center 405 Bennett Street Auburndale 33823

310: First Church of God 3025 US Hwy 92 Winter Haven 33881

315: K-Ville Community Center 1339 Payne Street Auburndale 33823

316: Havendale Christian Church 3900 Lake Blue Dr Winter Haven 33881

321: Polk County Utilities Division 1011 Jim Keene Blvd Winter Haven 33880

333: Spirit Lake Community Church 2600 Spirit Lake Rd Winter Haven 33880

401: Sunlake Terrace Estates 6555-16 Old Lake Wilson Rd Davenport 33837


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Barry Friedman founded 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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