Registered voters throughout Polk County can vote in the Nov. 8 election for Polk County Commission, District 4, which represents portions of east Polk. It is the only County Commission race on this year’s ballot. First-term Commissioner Rick Wilson of Bartow was re-elected without opposition. The five-member Board of County Commissioners serves as the legislative body setting policy for Polk County government. Terms of office are four years.

Martha Santiago (incumbent)

Martha Santiago
  • Republican
  • Winter Haven, age 67
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  • Campaign slogan: Proven Leadership Making Polk County the Best County It Can Be
  • Endorsements: Sheriff Grady Judd, Business Voice, (Lakeland Chamber of Commerce), Lakeland Association of Realtors, East Polk Association of Realtors, Polk County Builders Association

Markeishia L. Smith

Markeishia L. Smith


  • Incumbent Santiago challenged by newcomer Smith – The Ledger, Oct. 19

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