Your guide to Lakeland’s 2021 municipal election

2021 candidates
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The City of Lakeland is gearing up for its 2021 Municipal Election on Nov. 2, 2021. Qualifying for this year’s elections is noon, Sept. 13-noon Sept. 17. Candidates pay a qualifying fee of $250 + 1% of the position’s annual salary, $696.00 for the Mayor’s seat, and $547.33 for a Commissioner’s seat.

Commissioner seats up for election include the seats for Mayor, District C for the southwest, District D for the southeast, and At-Large: Seat 1. 

Meet the candidates


District D

  • Commissioner Mike Musick is a deacon at Heritage Baptist Church and established Leverage Ministries, a nonprofit organization benefiting underserved youth.
  • Dr. Shandale Terrell is currently an educator for Polk County Public Schools. He has been actively involved with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and served on the City of Lakeland Gang Task Force. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Lakeland Police Citizens Advisory Board.

District C

  • Commissioner Sara Roberts McCarley is active in the Lakeland community, working particularly with the Harrison School for the Arts Philanthropy Committee and Parent Association, the Lakeland High School Parent Teacher Partnership, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy PTO, and others. Currently, she serves on the Lakeland Vision Board and the Mayor’s Council on the Arts.
  • Allyson Lewis is a political organizer who created a wellness-check system during the pandemic to ensure the safety of older adults and hosted public “call to consciousness” forums to discuss racial inequities in 2020. 

At-Large Seat 1

For more information on how, when, and where to vote, click here.