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Five Candidates Will Vie for Two Commission Seats

The final ballot is set for the April 2 City Commission election is set, and all registered voters within the city limits of Lake Wales will have an opportunity to choose two two guide the city through the current wave of growth. Area residents outside the city limits are ineligible.

Incumbent commissioner Daniel Williams will face two challengers in Brandon Alvarado and Crystal Higbee in the race for Seat 2 on the commission. Williams was elected in 2001, representing neighborhoods around the northeastern portions of Lake Wailes.

In the Seat 4 race, Carol Gillespie will challenge incumbent Danny Krueger. Both candidates are residents of Lake Ashton.

Krueger won the seat two years ago in a special election following the suspension of elected Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald by Governor Ron DeSantis. The governor re-appointed Fitzgerald six months after her acquittal by a jury, but by that time she had been forced to move out of the city for financial reasons.

At this time three different candidate forums are being planned, hosted by the Lake Wales Woman's Club, Rotary on the Ridge, and the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce. will share details of those events as they are announced.

Registration is still open for those wishing to vote in the election until 30 days before the election. That deadline is fast approaching.

Those preferring to vote by mail can request a mail ballot online at or by telephone by calling (863) 534 - 5888.

Florida law requires in-person voters to vote at the precinct they are assigned. For Lake Wales voters in precincts 523, 527, 528, 530, 532.536.542, and 543, that will be at the Municipal Administration Building at 201 West Central Avenue.

Voters in precincts 519, 524, and 526 must cast their ballots at the Lake Ashton Clubhouse, 4141 Ashton Club Drive.


Reader Comments(1)

estevealpacas writes:

Mayor Hilligoss ,who is also a local pastor, has spoken from his Pulpit! I still believe that our constitution speaks of a separation of Church and State.In our country, this is essential because of our diversity(Which is probably why we are the greatest nation on earth).One can have strong religeous beliefs and practice their faith in good conscience .But it is immoral (and illegal) to impose those beliefs on those whose beliefs may be contrary (I exclude who rely upon certain interpretations of their beliefs to commit acts of violence or other forms of terrorism).Pastor Hilligoss, is denouncing Democrats and other liberal,progressive minded people,basically as sinners and urges his pastorate to vote for HIS Evangelical Candidates ! I know thAT ABORTION IS A SENSITIVE ISSUE ! But I can tell you that in the 50's in my Parochial catechism classes we were instructed that a Fetus was not entitled to Burial nor any sacraments until it was Viable.Stop condemning those who adhere to That

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