Bunker Pulls Petition To Run for Lakeland Mayor

Shelby County Commissioner formerly served on Shelby County Schools board and has been consistent advocate of suburban municipal schools.



Wyatt Bunker
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Shelby County Commissioner Wyatt Bunker — who previously served six years on the old Shelby County Schools board, following years of service by his father, Homer Bunker, on that board — now aspires to become Lakeland’s mayor as the city prepares to establish its own independent school district.

Bunker drew a petition from the Election Commisson on Wednesday, immediately following the Commission’s schedule of committee meetings . Incumbent Mayor Scott Carmichael has also drawn a petition. The election will be held on September 19.

A veteran of law enforcement, Bunker now serves as director of security for Baptist Hospital East.

On the Commission, Bunker has been a outspoken advocate for suburban municipal schools, consistently resisting the Commission majority’s pursuit of litigation against the municipal-school process. "I regard my legislative experience and contacts, as well as my School Board service as good preparation to lead Lakeland into the new era," Bunker said.

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