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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
Executive Editor 

Commissioners Reject First 3 Applicants for Temporary Appointment

Replacement for Suspended Commissioner will be Discussed Again Aug. 3


Last updated 7/23/2021 at 9:34am

Applicants rejected July 20 are (left to right) Al Goldstein, Richard DeLoach and James Loydd

Despite a gathering of supporters, a contingent speaking on his behalf, and the endorsement of the mayor, deputy mayor and a number of Republican elected officials, Al Goldstein on July 20 lost his bid to return to his former seat to fill the vacancy created by the suspension of newly elected Lake Wales City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald.

After Fitzgerald defeated him April 6 by just 32 votes, Goldstein lashed out in a media interview, citing racism as a factor, suggesting the city was on the "cusp of destruction" and saying he hoped the city could survive.

Commissioners Terrye Howell indica...

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