How to run for office in Lakeland, FL

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So, you want to run for office? Good for you. Here’s how you get started.

The City of Lakeland’s filing period is now open for interested candidates to apply to run for public office, and closes on Sept. 17.

Current opportunities to serve:

Mayor
At Large: Seat 1
District C: Southwest
District D: Southeast

City of Lakeland Commissioners Districts, North | Map via The City of Lakeland
City of Lakeland Commissioners Districts, South | Map via The City of Lakeland

 

All of the elected positions will be 4-year terms. The term of office for council members is staggered, meaning half of the positions are elected every 2 years. If elected, these candidates will serve until Dec. 31, 2025

Do you qualify to run?

You can apply to run for public office if you are:

At least 18 years old
Currently registered to vote
A resident of your district + county at the time of election
Able to commit to a 4-year term

The City of Lakeland’s qualifying period takes place from noon Sept. 13 to noon Sept. 17, 2021. In order to apply, a qualifying fee of $250 + 1% of the position’s annual salary, $696.00 for the Mayor’s seat and $547.33 for a Commissioner’s seat, is required. 

Call the City Clerk’s Office for an appointment + application packet.

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