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By Robert Connors
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Gibson vs. Gibson vs. Gibson? A Confusing City Election Looms

Three Candidates Share Same Last Name


Last updated 2/12/2023 at 9:57am

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Incumbent City Commissioner and Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson is expected to seek reelection to his District 5 seat on the commission in the April 4 vote. He may be opposed by two challengers sharing his last name.

What's in a name?

In a confusing prospect for Lake Wales voters, three candidates have filed to run for the District 5 City Commission seat in the April 4 election, and all three share the same last name of Gibson.

Incumbent Commissioner and Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson is standing for reelection while facing the prospect of being opposed by Curtis Gibson and Danielle Gibson. Curtis and Danielle Gibson are believed to be husband a wife, a further cause of confusion.

Robin Gibson picked up his full packet early Friday, the first day that they were available from the city clerk. Both Danielle and Curtis Gibson have previously filed a required form known as a DSDE-9 which allowed them to open campaign accounts and begin collecting signatures. Each candidate must obtain 25 qualified signatures from registered voters nominating them to the seat. The official petitions are also furnished by the City Clerk.

In the concurrent District 3 election for a seat being vacated by retiring Commissioner Terrye Howell, two potential candidates, Michelle Threatt and Keith Thompson, picked up qualifying packets on Friday.

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City Commissioner Terrye Howell plans to retire this year after serving more than a decade on the Lake Wales City Commission. Two candidates have picked up the required paperwork packages that allow them to file to run for the open seat.

The period to qualify for election to Seat 3 and Seat 5 begins at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 13, 2023, and ends at 12:00 noon on Friday, February 17, 2023, giving candidates a short window in which to gather petition signatures, which must come from registered voters living in the same district as the candidate.

The qualifying packets must be turned in at the City Clerk's Office at the City Administration Building, 201 W. Central Ave, Lake Wales.

Candidates are also required to submit a $25.00 city qualifying fee and $87.24, representing one percent of the annual salary of a commissioner, to the Florida Department of State as an election assessment. Those funds are deposited into the Florida Elections Commission Trust Fund. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023

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