Both sides of Lakeland’s strong mayor issue were explored Tuesday evening at a forum at New Bethel AME Church. The forum was sponsored by the local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Deta Sigma Theta Fraternity. Moderator was Sylvia Blackmon-Roberts.

Panelists representing Committee for a Strong Lakeland were:

  • Bruce Anderson, political science professor at Florida Southern College
  • Jarvis El-Amin, a Tampa-St.Pete Regional Black Chamber of Commerce board member
  • Frank Peterman, a former St. Petersburg City Council member and state representative.

Panelists representing No Boss Mayor were

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