WIGGS ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR CITY OF LAKELAND MAYOR
LAKELAND, FL (September 12, 2012) – Current Lakeland City Commissioner Howard Wiggs recently announced that he will be running for Mayor of Lakeland in 2013. Wiggs commented, “I thought seriously about retiring from the Commission. However, I realized that I’m still very enthusiastic about helping solve the problems of our citizens and I want to continue to serve this community.” He added, “In addition, we need to support a business environment that fosters the creation of quality jobs and we need to continue strengthening Lakeland Electric, one of our best community assets. Under my leadership, I promise to focus on both of those vital business areas.”
Wiggs was first elected in 1992. He serves on the Board of the Florida League of Cities, has chaired both the state Advocacy Committee and the Florida Action Strike Team which travel to Washington DC to support Florida cities. He is also on the Board of the Ridge League of Cities and is past president.
Wiggs received the Leadership Lakeland Jere Annis Award that recognizes leaders that are consistent in creating community understanding and enhancing the quality of life in the Lakeland area. He is also a distinguished alumnus of Polk State College and he currently serves on the Florida Southern College Board of Trustees. Wiggs is past chair of Lakeland Vision and serves on their board. He is past president of Leadership Lakeland, the Florida Southern College Alumni Association and past chair of Polk Senior Games.
He is a member of the Mulberry High School Hall of Fame, a proud Rotarian, a lifetime member of the NAACP, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lakeland. Wiggs is president of Bagley Idea Pros and manages family real estate properties. He is married to Linda Bagley Wiggs and has four children: Johnny, Chris, Braxton and Kimber.