City Candidates Differ on Issues at LkldNow Forum

Barry Friedman



March 22, 2021  -  Differences emerged among the four candidates for Lakeland City Commission at a recent forum held by LkldNow. Issues where the candidates differed included COVID-19 masking, the South Florida Avenue road diet, body cameras for police officers, the city’s hospital lease and ways the city can support minority businesses.


The forum was held at LkldLive on March 16th and was live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube and Here is video of the full forum. (The audio level starts out low but it is good by the time the candidates start speaking at 9:00.)

A special election is being held April 6 (view polling places) to select a commissioner to fill the unused portion of the term of Scott Franklin, who resigned from his Southeast district commission seat in connection with his successful run for U.S. Congress. The person elected will serve until the end of the year. Another election will be held this fall for a full four-year term.


Candidates are: Steve Frankenberger, head of the Publix corporate photography department; Mike Musick, president of a roofing company; Ken Post, a career project manager; and Shandale Terrell, a public school teacher.

Moderator for the forum was Andrea Oliver, the host of the LkldNow in View video conversation series.


At least two more candidate forums are planned:


The Libertarian Party of Polk County holds one next Monday at 7 p.m. at Cleveland Heights Golf Club. It will be live streamed on the LkldNow Facebook page.

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce holds one on March 30 at 11:30 a.m. that will be live streamed on the chamber Facebook page.

READ MORE HERE - Including the complete questions as asked and the most pertinent responses.

These edited video clips combine the most pertinent portions of all the responses for each candidate.