All financial information - including in-kind contributions -  reported as of October 4th.

Small business owner Shirah, 65, must hope that six is his lucky number. He’s previously sought election to city commission five times, most recently losing to now-Commissioner Stephanie Madden in 2017. Shirah received 1,673 votes, or about 12 percent of the total ballots cast. His last bid for public office was against Josie Tomkow, a Polk City Republican, for the 39th District Florida House seat twice last year, losing both in a May special election and again in November.

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E-mail the commissioners

But one at a time, please!

 

For the most part, when recipients open an email that includes others they are less inclined to take it personally. Make sure your message resonates by sending it to each commissioner separately.

Scott Franklin - Stephanie Madden -  Sara McCarley - Bill Mutz

Bill Read - Justin Troller - Phillip Walker

Each of these noble citizens represents all the rest of us. The four geographic designations - Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast, etc. - apply only to the residency requirements for commissioners, not to their constituents. Bill Read, for instance, lives in the city's northeast quadrant and is likely to be more in tune with the businesses and neighborhoods in that area, but serves us all as our representative to the city management and staff.

It will always help to send your message to City Manager Tony Delgado  because it's his job to implement whatever projects, resolutions, and ordinances the Commission proposes in response to our communication.

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