Bunker Breezes to Win as Lakeland Mayor on Growth Platform

County Commissioner, strong advocate of municipal schools, will be vacating seat.

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Lakeland Mayor-elect Wyatt Bunker
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Wyatt Bunker, the term-limited Republican who has been a leading advocate of suburbabn municipal schools on the Shelby County Commission, will change venues soon.

Elected mayor of Lakeland Thursday over incumbent Scott Carmichael, and former mayor Jim Bomprezzi, Bunker has made an issue of Lakeland’s lagging commercial growth and has called for aggressive actions to increase it.

Lakeland voters were evidently of a mind for a sea change in their city government, opting to elect newcomers Sherri Gallick and Clark Plunk over incumbents Don Barber and Cecil Tompkins, as well as over challenger John Wilkerson.

In voting the same day, Arlington voters reelected all three of their incumbent aldermenh — Oscar Brooks, Harry McKee, and Brian Thompson.

Bunker, who won 63 percent of the vote in Lakeland, has announced he will be vacating his Commission seat, thereby presenting his colleagues with yet another in the string of several public vacancies they have had to fill with interim appointments in recent years.

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