Mike Ferguson, The Ledger’s new City Hall reporter, profiles the three candidates running in the Jan. 15 special election to fill the remaining three years on the southwest district seat on the Lakeland City Commission. The seat was left vacant by Michael Dunn’s resignation in October. The candidates are:
Patrick Jones, 53, who is focusing on expanding high-speed Internet to bridge the digital divide and increasing entertainment opportunities.
Sara Roberts McCarley, 47, who is focusing on making the city more attractive for young people to return to or stay.
Bill Watts, 53, who is focusing on streamlining code enforcement and permitting, areas where he believes the city has overreached.