Mike Musick, 49, owner of Musick Construction and Roofing in Lakeland. The company has existed for nearly two decades. This is his first run for office.  

Shandale Terrell, 46, an educator for Polk County Public Schools who works with special-needs students, analyzes academic assessment data, and mentors students. This is his fourth run for political office.

Musick, Terrell Head for Runoff
in City Commission Election

Barry Friedman



Wednesday, April 6, 2021  -  Mike Musick and Shandale Terrell will face off May 4 in a runoff for a seat on the Lakeland City Commission since none of the four candidates received a majority in today’s election. Terrell led with 39.74% of the vote to Musick’s 33.65%. Among the other candidates, Steve Frankenberger received 20.94% of the vote and Ken Post got 5.67%.


Terrell, an educator, focused on deep community roots and civic participation in his campaign, and Musick, who owns a roofing company, positioned himself as a conservative small business owner concerned about government transparency.


The ultimate winner will represent southeast Lakeland on the City Commission until the end of the year, filling out the rest of the term of Scott Franklin, who resigned from the commission in connection with his successful run for the U.S. House of Representatives.


Turnout was light in today’s nonpartisan special election. The 9,394 votes cast represent roughly 13.6% of Lakeland’s registered voters. No other elections or issues were on today’s Lakeland ballot, although elections were held in some other cities in Polk County.



Can you describe the tools and methods you will apply to engage the citizenship? For instance, will you wait for us to contact you with issues, reactions, or concerns? Or, will you reach out via social media, email polling, and live encounters?



No response as of 3/26



The tools I will use to engage Lakeland citizens in the City Commission work will include: Social media and face-to-face interactions. With social media, I will keep the Community informed about current priorities of the Commission.


I will definitely solicit Community feedback and concerns, so that I can ensure that we are addressing their thoughts and concerns in an productive manner. With face-to-face interactions,


I believe a quarterly Community Forum opportunity would allow the citizens to engage with me directly, hearing directly from me and me to hear from the citizens. Face-to-face interactions also allow the Community to feel connected to me and know my work and see me working for their good.


Please know, that while we are still navigating through Covid-19, face-to-face 

Editor's note   Mike Musick and Shandale Terrell start over with blank slates when it comes to voters, but donors and cash may be left over from the first chapter of this campaign.


Terrrell has already announced that Steve Frankenberger will back him in the runoff which might also mean collecting support from his own contributors.  Charts here will be updated when the campaign finance reports are filed.

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City Commission Approves Statement Calling for COVID-19 Safety

Barry Friedman



Jan 20, 2021 -  City commissioners approved a resolution late Tuesday night urging Lakeland residents to wear masks and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The vote was unanimous following the urging of Commissioner Don Selvage, who acknowledged he doesn’t think the measure goes far enough but suggested the commission show a united front.


The action came at 10 p.m. after commissioners had already been meeting for seven hours. It generated little discussion from commissioners and only one comment from a member of the public: a scolding from a disabilities advocate who said the city is doing nothing to help people who face public scorn when they decline to wear face coverings in public because of health or emotional issues.


The resolution “recommends and urges in the strongest possible terms” that residents and businesses practice social distancing, use virtual meeting technology, wear face coverings, and practice hand hygiene


Commission Approves Plan for 300 Apartments in SW Lakeland

This aerial image provided by the developer shows plans for Parkway Preserve, boxed in white, just west of Airport Road. Farther west is Carillon Lakes. To the east: Publix headquarters.

Barry Friedman and Rick Rousos



Jan 20, 2021 -  Lakeland city commissioners had to choose Tuesday between two very different visions for 30 undeveloped acres off Airport Road south of the Polk Parkway:


On one side, a developer and city planners envision 300 apartments providing needed housing in southwest Lakeland for young professionals working for a growing number of businesses nearby.

On the other side, homeowners foresee an ugly mass of 14 three-story apartment buildings creating traffic congestion and intrusion on their nearby quiet community.

After hearing arguments on both sides for six hours on Tuesday, commissioners gave the green light to the developers, Matcon Construction Services of Tampa, who want to substitute an apartment complex named Parkway Preserve for a previous plan that called for 142 townhouses on the property.


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