Voters in Polk County go to the polls Aug. 18 and again on Nov. 3. In August, local voters will select:

  • A county commissioner
  • Two School Board members
  • Polk’s supervisor of elections.


  • Registered Democrats and Republicans in U.S. House District 15, which includes Lakeland, will select their parties’ candidates to run for Congress.
  • Polk Republicans will select a state committeewoman.

Below you’ll find links to learn more about the races that Lakeland residents will find on their ballots:

U.S. House | Polk County Commission | Supervisor of ElectionsPolk School Board

After the primary, we’ll add information about the races on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, which will include the race for U.S. President, a local seat in the U.S. House, three races for Florida House districts that include Lakeand and a race for County Commission.

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First, some voter links:

U.S. House

First-term incumbent Rep. Ross Spano faces a challenger, Lakeland City Commissioner Scott Franklin, in the Republican primary. Three Democrats — Alan Cohn, Adam Hattersley and Ryan Philippe — are running for their party’s  nomination. The winners of each primary will face each other in the Nov. 3 general election.

District 15 encompasses Lakeland and much of northwest Polk as well as a large portion of northeast Hillsborough County and some rural parts of Lake County. (See a map.)


District 15, Republicans

Scott Franklin: Website |  Campaign Facebook | Personal Facebook | Twitter | Financial summary | Ballotpedia | Announcement article

Ross Spano: Website |  Campaign Facebook | Personal Facebook | Official Facebook | Twitter | Official Twitter | Financial summary | Ballotpedia | Announcement article


District 15, Democrats

Alan Cohn: Website | Campaign Facebook | Personal Facebook | Twitter | Financial summary | Ballotpedia | Announcement article

Adam Hattersley: Website | Campaign Facebook Personal Facebook | Twitter | Financial summary | Ballotpedia  | Announcement article

Jesse Philippe: Website | Campaign Facebook | Personal Facebook | Financial summary | Ballotpedia 


Polk County Commission

Two Polk County Commission seats are on this year’s ballots. Both candidates running for the District 5 seat are Republicans, but the race will show up on all ballots Aug. 28 under a rule that opens the primary to all voters if there is no opposition in November. The District 3 race, which includes a Republican incumbent and Democratic challenger, will appear on the November ballot. County commissioners represent a geographic district, but they are elected in countywide balloting.

District 2, Republican

All registered voters can vote in this race because there is no other candidate for the general election. 

Neil Combee: Campaign Facebook | Personal Facebook | Donors + Spending | BallotpediaWikipedia | Announcement Article

John E. Hall: County bio | Campaign Facebook | Donors + Spending | Announcement article


Polk Supervisor of Elections

The supervisor of elections is a non-partisan position that administers county, state, and federal elections, maintains voter rolls, and provides voter registration, campaign finance, and turnout information to the public. Incumbent Lori Edwards, first elected to the office in November 2000, faces opposition from Debbie Hannifan.

Lori Edwards: Official bio | Personal Facebook | Donors + Spending | Announcement article

Debbie Hannifan: Website | Campaign Facebook | Personal Facebook | Donors + Spending | Announcement article


Polk County School Board

Nine candidates are competing for three seats on the nonpartisan School Board. Incumbent Lynn Wilson was automatically re-elected to his District 6 seat because nobody filed to run against him. School Board members represent a geographic district, but are elected in countywide voting.


District 1 (nonpartisan)

William Allen: Website | Campaign Facebook | Personal Facebook | Twitter | Donors + Spending | PAC Donors | Announcement article

Billy Townsend: Website | Campaign Facebook | Personal Facebook | Donors + Spending 


District 2 (nonpartisan)

Anita Carson: Website | Campaign Facebook |  Personal Facebook | Donors + Spending 

Lori Cunningham: Website | Campaign FacebookPersonal Facebook | Donors + Spending 


ANOTHER GUIDE: LALtoday election roundup