According to city officials, this morning Patrick Jones withdrew from his campaign for Lakeland SE District D. Jones was the last candidate on the ballot to challenge commission Edie Yates in her re-election bid. That forces the city to schedule yet another special qualifying period to give interested persons the opportunity to run against Yates.
City officials have proposed ending the new qualifying period on November 20, 2009 at Noon. If anyone qualifies to run, they propose a special election to be held on January 5th.
The Lakeland City Commissioners have set a special meeting for Friday, November 13th at 8am to vote and officially set the dates.
Update: According to a city official, the special meeting was moved to Monday when it was found the Polk Election Board could not have the election on January 5th. The Monday special meeting will decide a new date.
Update: On Friday, Lakeland City Clerk Kelly Koos spoke to Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards. Koos said Edwards explained that the holidays would force another special election to be held no earlier than January 26th. Edwards said the time is needed to find and train poll workers who can work the special election.