DECISION 2019 — CANDIDATE PROFILES

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2019 POLK COUNTY ELECTIONS

April 2nd:

November 5th:

Bartow Commission - Seat 3, North District

Gerald Cochran

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W.H. "Willie" Simpson

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Tanya Tucker

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Davenport Mayor

Darlene Bradley

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H.B. "Rob" Robinson

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Davenport Commission - Seat 3

John Lepley

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Bobby Lynch

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Headley Oliver

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Davenport Charter Amendment

ELECTION OF CITY MAYOR BY CITY COMMISSION FROM AMONG ITS MEMBERS

The Charter of the City of Davenport should be amended to reclassify and renumber the Mayor Seat as Commission Seat No. 5 and require the City Commission to elect the City's Mayor from among the members of the City Commission on an annual basis at the City Commission's first regular meeting in May, following the conclusion of the 2017-2020 term of the Mayor Seat.

YES to approve

NO to reject

Fort Meade Commission - Seat 5

Samuel Berrien

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James M. "Mel" Parker

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Frostproof Commission - Seat 1

Michael Hutto

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Michael Woodley

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Haines City Commission - Seat 1

Jayne Hall

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Don Mason

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Lake Alfred Commission - Seats 1 and 2 (vote for two)

Brent Eden

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C. Diane Pereira

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Albertus Maultsby

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Edwin Van Smith

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Lake Wales Mayor

Eugene Fultz

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Bob Wood

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Lake Wales Commission - Seat 2, District 19

Curtis Gibson

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James Tucker

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Lake Wales Charter Amendment

INCREASED TERMS OF OFFICE FOR THE MAYOR AND COMMISSION MEMBERS FROM TWO YEARS TO THREE YEARS

Proposing that the terms of office for the mayor and commission members be increased from two years to three years, beginning with the mayor with the 2019 municipal election; commission seats three and five with the 2020 municipal election; and for commission seats two and four with the 2021 municipal election. Shall the above described Amendment be adopted?

YES to approve

NO to reject

Polk City Charter Amendment

CREATING FOUR COMMISSION DISTRICTS; DESIGNATE AN AT LARGE COMMISSION SEAT, ESTABLISH INITIAL BOUNDARIES, AND CREATE A PROCESS FOR CHANGING BOUNDARIES

This amendment proposes to create four Commission districts, designate an At Large Commission seat, establish initial district boundaries, and create a process for changing district boundaries. Question - Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?

YES to approve

NO to reject

AUBURNDALE COMMISSION - SEAT 4

Tanner Atkinson

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Danny Chandler

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Jack Myers

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FORT MEADE CHARTER AMENDMENT 1

Early Commission Term Start When Filling Vacant Seat

Currently Fort Meade's Charter specifies that the commencement and expiration of all City Commission seats is the second Tuesday in January following an election for a commission seat. By law, the Commission is unable to fill a vacant Commission seat, creating a ten month seat vacancy. This amendment begins the commencement date of that current vacant seat earlier but does not change the expiration date. Question ‐ Shall the above‐described amendment be adopted?

YES to approve

NO to reject

FORT MEADE CHARTER AMENDMENT 2

New Procedures Related to Determining and Filling Vacant Commission Seats

Currently Fort Meade's Charter declares a vacancy for Commission seat without reference to general law, and conflicts with both state law and the City Code by allowing both a special election and commission appointments to fill vacancies. This amendment declares vacancies for Commission seats based on general law and prior criteria, but permits a simple Commission majority to fill vacancies for the remainder of the term. Question ‐ Shall the above‐described amendment be adopted?

YES to approve

NO to reject

 

LAKELAND COMMISSION - NE DISTRICT B

Jiwa Farrell

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Bill "Tiger" Read (incumbent)

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LAKELAND COMMISSION - AT-LARGE 2

Chad McLeod

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Ricky Shirah

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Carole Philipson

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Shandale Terrell

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LAKELAND CHARTER AMENDMENT 1

An Amendment to the Charter to Eliminate Obsolete Provisions, Eliminate Gender References; other Miscellaneous Provisions

Do you favor an amendment to the Lakeland City Charter eliminating unnecessary or obsolete references and provisions; amending any gender related references; adopting applicable state law provisions; providing periodic commissioner pay adjustments similar to city employees; eliminating reduction in force provisions; creating a charter review committee and providing a periodic charter review process every 8 years; delegating regulation of taxi cabs to the City Commission; eliminating obsolete references to the Hospital Board?

YES to approve

NO to reject

 

LAKELAND CHARTER AMENDMENT 2

An Amendment Reducing Terms for Commissioners/Mayor from 4 to 3; Not Applicable to Incumbents

Do you favor an amendment to the Lakeland City Charter that reduces the maximum allowable terms of city commissioners and mayor from 4 terms to 3; defining a term as any service in office over 2 years; allowing existing incumbent commissioners to serve a total of 4 terms as commissioner and mayor combined?

YES to approve

NO to reject

 

 

LAKELAND CHARTER AMENDMENT 3

An Amendment Changing the Requirements Necessary to Sell any City Water Plant or Electric Utility

Do you favor an amendment to the Lakeland City Charter that changes the approval necessary to sell any water plant or electric utility from the existing requirement of 2/3 of all electors qualified to vote to 2/3 vote of the City Commission and 65% of those actually voting in the next general election following City Commission approval?

YES to approve

NO to reject

 

WINTER HAVEN COMMISSION - SEAT 1

Nikki Beckett

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James Hogan

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Elizabeth Davis

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Tracy Mercer

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JoNathan Hilliard

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William Twyford (incumbent)

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CANDIDATE PROFILES

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ELECTION CALENDAR:

November 5th

  • Manatee
    • Anna Maria
    • Holmes Beach
  • Pinellas
    • Seminole
    • St. Petersburg
  • Polk
    • Auburndale
    • Fort Meade
    • Lakeland
    • Winter Haven

 

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