A New Lakeland Mayor
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After 17 years with Buddy Fletcher at the helm, a new mayor will take over in Lakeland. Those who want the job include two long-time city officials and a young newcomer to city politics. The new leader will face a deep recession in Florida and the nation and will be involved in ongoing discussions about commuter and high-speed rail in Central Florida. Meet the candidates this week on the show.
Gow Fields provides more background on how Lakeland found out about the SunRail commuter train proposal and the possible implications of the proposed system. (2:38)
The candidates outline their visions for the future of Lakeland's downtown area. (3:25)
Elliott Dorsch shares one good idea to invigorate what he calls the stale city government. Jim Verplanck and Gow Fields also offer some ideas about how they would freshen the city's leadership. (5:12)
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