In order for a candidate to win, their vote percentage must reach the 50% mark. And, as of 10 p.m. last night, the closest candidate(s) were Shandale Terrell(a special-needs educator with 39.74%) + Mike Musick(owner of Musick Construction and Roofing with 33.65%).
To declare an official winner,a run-off election will take place if the percentages remain below 50% after Early Votes are counted. The run-off will see who will replace former Commissioner Scott Franklin(who was recently elected to the U.S. House of Representatives), and is set forMay 4.
Why does this matter?
The city commission is a local governing body usually headed by a city’s mayor. Lakeland’s mayor, Bill Mutz currently has six commissioners who run different districts. These commissioners are in charge of overseeing the running of the local government by discussing and voting on things like: • Setting policies and ordinances • Tax rates • Addressing local issues • Balancing the budget • Setting pay rates for city employees
By the end of the year, (November to be exact), an election for the full, four-year term will open up for the seat filled this May.
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ForParents ○ Baby Care with Lakeland Regional Health| Wed., April 7 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This virtual class with experts from LRH will cover baby basics like diapering, bathing, safety + general newborn care.
TryThis ○ Wine Down Wednesdays| Wed., April 7 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | MINT Hookah Lounge, 4901 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. | Free | Entry is free with the purchase of a hookah. ○ Beautiful Curls with the Sleeping Beauty| Wed., April 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Blown Beautiful Dry Bar, 1021 E. CR-540A | $15 | Get a makeover worthy of a princess at this sing + dance-along event.
Dish ○ April Luncheon| Wed., April 7 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Cleveland Heights Country Club | $22 | Lion’s Roar Resale Boutique will be featured at this lunch hosted by South Lakeland Christian Women’s Connection.
FeaturedEvent ○ Welcome Wednesday Admissions Open House | Wed., Apr. 7 | RSVP for your time slot: 8:30, 9 or 9:30 a.m. | 1111 Forest Park St. | Free | Lakeland Christian School invites prospective students and families to tour the school. Ⓟ
PlanAhead ○Pints for Paws | Fri., April 9 | 6-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Enjoy a pint + learn about the Polk County Bully Project. 🐶 ○ Muddy Princess | Sun., April 18 | 8 a.m-5 p.m. | Clear Springs Ranch, Ledley Ware Rd. | $59+ | Register as an individual or with a group for this outdoor mud run for women.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.