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By Curtis Gibson
Contributing Writer 

Curtis Gibson: Life as a City Commissioner

How I Got Started

Series: Life as a City Commissioner | Story 1

Last updated 1/10/2021 at 11:44am

Commissioner Curtis Gibson supporting Melanie's Seafood downtown, which received a $50,000 CRA restaurant incentive grant

Hello my name is Curtis Gibson, I am a Lake Wales city commissioner in district 19, seat 2.

I never thought about getting into politics. In fact, I used to say I am not a politician. The fact of the matter is I am.

When I jumped into this arena it was in 2015 when I ran for mayor of Lake Wales. I was terrified and didn't know what the outcome was going to be. I had so many people from both sides wanting to know who pushed me to run against the mayor and I simply told them I prayed about it and decided to walk out on faith.

I did not win that election, but I won overall, because I made fri...

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