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Runoff Election For The Lakeland Northwest District City Commission Seat

WHO:       Incumbent Sam Simmons and Candidate Guy LaLonde

WHAT:      NW District City Commission Seat Runoff Election

WHY:        Neither Candidate had over 50% of the votes required to win the seat

WHEN:      December 5, 2023

WHERE:     Lakeland Polling Locations, mail in ballot or walk-in voting


LAKELAND, FL (November 13, 2023) - The Polk County Supervisor of Elections and the City of Lakeland will oversee a runoff election on December 5, 2023, for the City Commissioner representing the NW District.  Incumbent Sam Simmons and candidate Guy LaLonde are running for the seat. Commissioners are elected citywide, meaning all registered voters within the Lakeland municipal jurisdiction can vote for the NW District representative.  There are four City Commissioners who represent and must live within their specific district, two at-large seats and a mayor who make up the Lakeland City Commission.  The Lakeland City Commission’s role is to set policy and approve the budget. The City Commission appoints both the City Attorney and City Manager.  For more information on the Lakeland City Commission and to view district maps, please visit www. LakelandGov.net/citycommission.  For more information on the upcoming runoff election, please visit www.polkelections.gov/Events/2023-December-Runoff-Elections.

Important Dates for the December 5, 2023, Runoff Election:

  • November 23, 2023 - Last day to request a vote by mail ballot.  It’s a holiday but you can request the ballot through the polkelections.gov website.

  • November 27 through December 1, 2023 - Walk-in Voting at the Polk County Government Center (930 E Parker St, Lakeland, FL 33801) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • December 5, 2023: Runoff Election Day.  Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Kevin Cook
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland

About Lakeland

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 of 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 115 years ago. 

For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.  Citizens are also invited to follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, Snapchat and Nextdoor.  Citizens can find the City of Lakeland on these social media platforms by searching lakelandgov. 



For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please explore LakelandGov.net.
Citizens are also invited to follow the City on social media.