Polk County November 7, 2017 election races and results

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Three cities in Polk county have races on the ballot:

Auburndale Commission Seat 1

Keith A. Cowie – 875
Carrie L. Griner – 444
Kimberly Hyde – 137

Auburndale Commission Seat 2

Dorothea Taylor Bogert – 815
Rick Brauckmuller – 620

Auburndale Commission Seat 3

Timothy J. Pospichal – 975
Michael G. Wiener – 477

Charter Amendment 1

For filling vacancies in office
Do you approve amending Auburndale’s City Charter to clarify that a vacancy in the office of Mayor or Vice Mayor shall be filled by Commissioners from remaining eligible Commissioners as otherwise provided?
Yes – 1,084
No – 342

Charter Amendment 2
Setting Time of Regular City Commission Meetings
Do you approve amending Auburndale’s City Charter to provide that regular City Commission meetings shall begin at 7:00 P.M., and that anyone shall have access to the minutes and records thereof?
Yes – 1,408
No – 342

Charter Amendment 3
Deleting Power Of City Commission To Punish For Contempt
Do you approve amending Auburndale’s City Charter to delete power of the City Commission to punish for contempt?
Yes – 1,034
No – 379

Charter Amendment 4
Providing For Election Of Candidate Who Receives The Highest Number Of Votes Cast
Do you approve amending Auburndale’s City Charter to provide that the candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected, and that Commissioners elected hereafter shall take office at the first regular meeting in December following their election?
Yes – 1,271
No – 174

Charter Amendment 5
Providing For Election Of Mayor And Vice Mayor At First December Commission Meeting
Do you approve amending Auburndale’s City Charter to provide that Commissioners elected hereafter as Mayor and Vice Mayor shall take office at the first regular meeting in December?
Yes – 1,330
No – 111

Charter Amendment 6
Deleting Article VI (Elections)
Do you approve amending Auburndale’s City Charter by deleting outdated provisions regarding elections?
Yes – 1,178
No – 214

Charter Amendment 7
Deleting Article VII (Annexation of Lands)
Do you approve amending Auburndale’s City Charter by deleting outdated provisions regarding annexation of lands?
Yes – 1,063
No – 322

Charter Amendment 8
Changing Title of “Mayor Pro Tem” To “Vice Mayor”
Do you approve amending Auburndale’s City Charter by changing the title of “Mayor Pro Tem” to the title of “Vice Mayor”?
Yes – 1,213
No – 194

Lakeland Mayor

Christopher Diaz – 1,535
James Green – 775
Patrick Shawn Jones – 1,109
H. William “Bill” Mutz – 8,774

Lakeland City Commissioner Southwest District C

Michael Dunn – 4,454
Larry Durrence – 5,546
Jorge Fonseca – 1,420
Pablo Sologaistoa – 510

Lakeland City Commissioner Southeast District D

Scott Franklin – 7,590
Sandy Toledo – 4,121

Lakeland City Commissioner At Large #1

Stephanie Madden – 6,358
Jim Malless – 3,036
Laurel Pullo – 490
Ricky Shirah – 1,523
Kathy Smith Barsotti – 866

Lakeland Charter Amendment
Amending Lakeland’s Charter; Changing to a Mayor/Commission Plan with the Mayor as Chief Executive
Should Lakeland change its government to a Mayor-Commission Plan; where Mayor becomes Chief Executive with authority over City operations and employees, except Lakeland Electric’s Manager, with veto power over Commission’s legislative actions; Commission can override Mayor’s veto with 2/3 vote; changing Commission’s governing authority to legislative; eliminating City Manager; creating Chief Administrative Officer serving at the pleasure of the Mayor; modifying elected officials’ term limits, limiting Mayor to two terms; creating additional Commissioner?
Yes – 4,027
No – 8,824

Winter Haven City Commissioner Seat 5

JoNathan “Joey” Hilliard – 441
James Edward Hogan – 443
Steven M. Hunnicutt – 947
James H. “JP” Powell – 822

Winter Haven Charter Amendments
Imposing Term Limits For Commissioners Of 12 Consecutive Years In The Last 12 Year Period
Limits terms by prohibiting incumbents who have held the office of commissioner for twelve (12) years in the last twelve (12) year period from appearing on the ballot for re-election. Terms of office beginning before amendment approval are not counted. Former commissioners may appear again on the ballot after an intervening period of two (2) years. Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Yes – 2,349
No – 402

Amending The Procedure For Filling Vacant Commission Seats
If a commission seat is vacated (a) with one (1) year or more left in the unexpired term, the seat will be filled by a special election or (b) with less than one (1) year left in the unexpired term, the seat may be filled by a special election, by appointment, or left vacant until the next regular municipal election. Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Yes – 2,346
No – 393

Setting The Competition Threshold For City Purchases To $5,000.00
Requiring the City Manager to use a competitive process for City purchases valued in excess of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00).
Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Yes – 2,322
No – 409

Authorizing The City Manager To Determine The Composition Of The Police Force
Deletes the current Charter requirement that the composition of the City’s police force be determined by ordinance. Vests the City Manager with authority to determine the composition of the City’s police force.
Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Yes – 1,111
No – 1,624

Authorizing The City Manager To Determine The Composition Of The Fire Force
Deletes the current Charter requirement that the composition of the City’s fire force be determined by ordinance. Vests the City Manager with authority to determine the composition of the City’s fire force. Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Yes – 1,120
No – 1,615

Authorizing The City To Adopt The Annual Budget By Resolution Or Ordinance
Grants the City Commission the power to adopt an annual budget by resolution or ordinance. Deletes a duplicative notice provision and requires the City to give notice to the public of the type and manner required by general Florida law.
Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Yes – 1,864
No – 808

Revising Expenditure And Transfer Management Protocols
Authorizes the City Manager to approve expenditures of appropriated funds on budgeted items if the total appropriations to the office or department do not change during the fiscal year. Requires the City Manager to make reports of such expenditures to the City Commission. Vests the City Commission with authority to allow or ratify the transfer of revenue and unencumbered appropriations between departments or funds of the City.
Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Yes – 1,872
No – 784

Revising Procedures For Setting Compensation For Department Heads, Board Members, Police And Fire
Deletes the current Charter requirement that compensation for the City’s police and fire forces be determined by ordinance. Vests the City Manager with authority to set compensation for the City’s police and fire forces, subject to annual appropriation. Authorizes the City Commission to set compensation for heads of departments and members of boards by resolution or ordinance.
Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Yes –  1,323
No – 1,339

Permitting Acceptance Of Public Dedications Of Streets And Alleys By Resolution Or Ordinance
Allows the City Commission to accept public dedication of land for use as public streets and alleys by resolution or ordinance.
Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Yes – 1,957
No – 702

Decennial Charter Review
Beginning in 2030, and every 10 years thereafter, the City Commission shall appoint a committee of City residents to review the City Charter and generate a report with recommendations for suggested amendments and revisions to the City Charter, if any.
Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Yes – 2,352
No -331

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