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CONTACT:

Jim Malless

Candidate for Lakeland City Commissioner

Telephone: 863-838-9686                                                                                       

E-mail: jim@Jim4lakeland.com

 

JIM MALLESS FOR LAKELAND CITY COMMISSIONER

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 27, 2013). - Local commercial realtor and business owner, Jim Malless, 56, has announced his candidacy for Lakeland City Commissioner. Malless has lived and worked in the Lakeland area for over 20 years.  He is the owner of Wiley & Malless, LLC, a Commercial Real Estate firm and Wireless Planning Services, LLC, a consulting firm that provides planning and zoning services to the development community and to wireless providers. 

Malless attended Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis where he received a BS in Public Affairs with a concentration in Urban Studies and a Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in Public Financial Administration.

Prior to owning his own business and working as a commercial realtor, Malless managed a three-state zoning program for OMP, Inc a major southeastern United States tower building company.

His skills, honed in business and civic activities, include;

  • Problem identification and solving
  • Land use, planning and zoning
  • Real estate
  • Group decision-making  
  • Conflict management
  • Resource management
  • Financial analysis
  • Budget management

 

“My experience in zoning, land use and commercial real estate will prove a valuable asset in my role as city commissioner. The future of Lakeland is of great concern not only for me but for future generations. Building on all the work that has been done by previous generations to meet our growing community’s needs is the key to our success,” said Malless.

Jim has been extremely active in the Lakeland community and is currently the chairman of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, as well as the Downtown Community Redevelopment Advisory Board. Active in the arts, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Polk Museum of Art, the Board of Directors of Arts on the Park, and Polk County’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) Art and Cultural Committee.  He is member of the Leadership Lakeland Class XIV and has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland since 1999 serving as the club’s president in 2009.  Additionally, Mr. Malless has been a member of the boards of the City of Lakeland Historic Preservation and Historic Lakeland, Inc. where he served two terms as president.

More information is available on the campaign website, http://jim4lakeland.com.



DON SELVAGE ANNOUNCES HIS DECISION TO RUN

FOR RE-ELECTION TO LAKELAND CITY COMMISSION SEAT

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 25, 2013) – Don Selvage has filed paperwork with the City of Lakeland’s Clerk, officially announcing his decision to run for a second term on the Lakeland City Commission representing the Southwest District.

 

Selvage is President of SHR Human Resources, LLC, offering consulting and professional recruiting services in the Central Florida area.  Selvage stated: “It has been a profound honor and privilege to serve the residents of Lakeland and I am excited about the future of this great city.  I am asking our citizens to return me to office so that I can continue my focus on: 1) Sustaining open communications and dialogue among citizens, the city commission, and city management; 2) Facilitating job growth by supporting business development; 3) Building safe, livable, and engaged neighborhoods; 4) Advocating for our seniors’ quality of life to support independent living and aging in place; and 5) Building awareness of veterans issues.”

 

Selvage holds a BA Degree in Political Science from Ohio State University as well as Masters’ Degrees in Administration from Central Michigan University and in National Security Affairs from Salve Regina College.  Following graduation from Ohio State University, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years as an infantry officer and he is a veteran of the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars.  Before retiring as a Colonel, he held several command and staff positions overseas and in the continental United States.

 

Actively involved in several civic and professional organizations, he currently serves as Vice Chairman, Polk County Veterans Council and is Past President of the Polk County Military Officers Association, Mid-Florida Society of Human Resource Managers, and the Lakeland Rotary Club.  He is a board member of the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. As a city commissioner, he serves on the boards of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, Lakeland Mass Transit District, Polk Transit Authority, Transportation Planning Organization, the Central Florida Development Council’s Arts and Culture Committee, and  the Sun n’ Fun Fly-In.  

 

Selvage is married to his wife Rita, a teacher at Dixieland Elementary.  They have been married for 43 years.

 



Polk County Commissioner John Hall and City of Lakeland Commissioner Phillip Walker are hosting a town hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the North Lakeland YMCA, 2125 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland.

Residents are invited to meet with the commissioners to discuss issues and concerns relevant to the community.

For more information, contact Commissioner Hall’s office at 863-534-6049 or the City of Lakeland Communications office at 863-834-6264.


LAKELAND, FL (February 8, 2013) – Michael S. Folsom filed papers today to become a candidate for the Lakeland City Commission, At Large #1. Michael is the first to file paperwork for the At Large seat being vacated by Howard Wiggs due to term limits and his campaign for Mayor. Michael states, “I was born and raised in Lakeland, it is the place I call home, and I feel a strong urge to serve the citizens of this dynamic city as a City Commissioner. I will bring hard work and integrity to the city commission.”

 

Michael Folsom is a 4th generation Lakeland resident and is the proud father of a four year old daughter, Lyla. He has strong business and community ties. Michael is an honors graduate of the University of North Florida with a degree in Building Construction Management and is the President of Folsom Construction Management, LLC. He has been actively involved in the Lakeland community through his service on various boards and committees, including:

·         City of Lakeland Planning and Zoning Board

·         Leadership Lakeland Class 27

·         The Lakeland Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow and Former Board Member

·         Learning Resource Center of Polk County Inc., Immediate Past President Board of Directors

·         Platform Art, President Board of Directors

·         Sheriffs Commendation Award

·         Leadership Polk Class 5

·         Ducks Unlimited Lakeland Chapter, Past Chairman

·         Ducks Unlimited State Chairman Elect

 

“As a small business owner, it is extremely important to me that we are able to attract new businesses to Lakeland that will provide jobs to our citizens and create a more diverse economic base. As an entrepreneur and a young professional, it is a goal of mine to foster and support programs designed to compel our graduates to continue to call Lakeland home and immerse themselves in our community. I look forward to the opportunity to serve in a leadership position within our City and to provide continued support for the growth of existing businesses, attracting new businesses and enhancing the quality of life we all enjoy as ‘Lakelanders’.”

 

Michael Folsom is honored that Mr. Michael Carter of Lakeland has agreed to serve as his Campaign Treasurer.