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The ballots are cast, the votes counted and the results — though technically still unofficial — are in for Tuesday’s municipal elections in Polk County.

Municipal elections were held in Winter Haven, Auburndale, Fort Meade and Lakeland.

In Winter Haven, the six-person race for Seat 1 on the city commission will advance to a runoff after no candidate earned at least 50 percent of the vote.

Incumbent William J. Twyford led the field, garnering 38.26 percent of the vote (1,334 votes). In December, he’ll square off against Tracy Mercer, who finished second with 16.26 percent of the vote (567 votes) in the runoff election.

The four other candidates in the race in Winter Haven were Jonathan “Joey” Hilliard with 11.93 percent of the (416 votes), Nicki Beckett with 11.56 percent of the vote (403 votes), James Edward Hogan with 11.44 percent of the vote (399 votes) and Elizabeth P. Davis with 10.55 percent of the vote (368 votes).

In Auburndale, Jack R. Myers earned 57.73 percent of the vote in the three-person election for Seat 4 on the city commission, tallying 620 votes. That total best both Danny Chandler, whose 248 votes translated to 23.09 percent of the ballots cast, and Tanner Atkinson, who weighed in with 19.18 percent of the vote (206 votes).

In Fort Meade, voters said “yes” to two charter amendments regarding vacancies on the city commission.

In Lakeland, Bill “Tiger” Read won the race for Northwest District B City Commissioner with 70.18 percent of the vote and the race for the at-large commission seat will advance to a runoff between Chad McLeod, who tallied 40.72 percent of the vote, and Carole Philipson, who placed second with 31.48 percent of the vote.

Lakeland voters also voted on three amendments, approving Amendments 1 and 2 on the ballot while saying no to Amendment 3.


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