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McCarley Overwhelmingly Captures Lakeland City Commission Seat

Courtesy Bay News 9
Sara Roberts McCarley, center, defeated Bill Watts, left, and Patrick Shawn Jones, right

Sara Roberts McCarley easily defeated two other candidates in Tuesday's special election for the Lakeland City Commission.

McCarley, 47, is a stay-at-home mom who was a former executive director of the non-profit group Polk Vision. She also created a foundation that takes high school seniors on a trip to Washington, D.C. to learn about the inner workings of government.

She captured 74 percent of the vote, with Bill Watts getting 14 percent and Patrick Shawn Jones with 11 percent, according to unofficial results posted by thePolk Supervisor of Elections office.

McCarley will fill the remainder of the term left when Michael Dunn resigned after killing a suspected shoplifter at his Army and Navy surplus store.

Jones, 53, is a surgical technician at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Watts, 54, formerly owned a French restaurant and now works in marketing for a mortgage company.

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.