City of Lakeland November 5th Municipal Election Results
Runoff Election December 3rd
LAKELAND, FL (November 6, 2019) | The Lakeland Municipal Election has ended with one City Commission seat decided and another slated for a runoff election that will take place December 3rd. Incumbent for the Lakeland City Commission Northeast District B seat, Bill “Tiger” Read won with 70% of the vote. He will remain in office for another four-year term. The Lakeland City Commissioner At-Large #2 seat resulted in a runoff between Chad McLeod and Carole Philipson. This seat had four individuals running and the top two vote-getters will now face off to determine a winner for this At-Large seat with the December 3rd runoff election. Chad McLeod had 40.72% and Carole Philipson had 31.48% of the vote.
The Lakeland Charter Amendment #1 passed with 51.9% in favor of the amendment. This charter change covers a lot of ground and includes an overhaul that eliminates obsolete or dated items. Most of the current language refers to “he” throughout the document. The charter will now be amended so language is gender-neutral with the update. The charter change will include the adoption of state laws that have passed since the last charter update and it will provide periodic pay adjustments for the City Commission similar to general City employees. Amendment One also includes the creation of a Charter Review Committee and sets a review process that will take place every eight years.
Lakeland Charter Amendment #2 passed 65.4% in favor of newly-established term limits for City of Lakeland elected officials. The charter will now provide clear language that defines term limits. The change will limit City Commissioners to three terms in office; defining a term as any service in office over two years and allows existing incumbent commissioners to serve a total of four terms as commissioner and mayor combined.
Lakeland Charter Amendment #3 did not pass. Voters sent a clear message with 65% of the vote in opposition of changing the charter language regarding the criteria needed if there is a desire to sell any of the City utility services. The charter notably mentions water and electric services. The existing requirement will stand. The charter states 2/3 of all electors qualified to vote must be in favor of selling a City utility before moving forward.
The charter amendments go into effect January 1, 2020. Even though the November 5th Municipal Election has ended, there is a runoff on December 3, 2019. Registered voters can request an absentee ballot at 863.534.5888 or www.polkelections.com.
Learn more on the City of Lakeland's Elections page.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
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