Howard Wiggs declared this morning he won’t be a candidate for mayor, answering speculation that he would seek the office if voters agree to change the form of city government to a strong mayor system.

His announcement came as commissioners began discussing the ballot language for the strong mayor issue and whether the issue would go to voters in the November general election or at an earlier special election.

Commissioners are being asked on Monday to vote on a 72-word ballot summary prepared by City Attorney Tim McCausland. Commissioners may set the date for an election, as well, on Monday.

There was strong disagreement on when to hold the election at this morning’s agenda study session.

In general, those who favor a November date say time is needed to educate voters; those wanting an earlier special election say potential mayoral candidates need to know whether they are running for strong mayor, which would oversee city administration, or the current seat, which chairs the City Commission and performs ceremonial function.

Here’s a look at this morning’s discussion, seen through tweets from LkldNow and the city’s communications staff:

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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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