There will be some new faces on the Lakes Region Lake Management District and Polk Soil & Water Conservation District boards after November, according to qualifying information posted by the Polk County Supervisor of Elections.
Kevin Henne and Carter Adams are the lone qualifiers for Seats 1 and 3 respectively. They will succeed current board members Matthew Kaylor and Dan Adams.
There are three seats up for election in the Polk Soil & Water Conservation District.
Daniel Lanier of Fort Meade is the lone candidate for the Group 4 seat now held by Mike Darrow.
In the Group 2 seat, incumbent Joe Garrison of Dundee faces opposition from Greg Williams of Lakeland.
In the Group 3 seat, incumbent Brian Dockery is not seeking another term. The contest for that seat will be between Kyle Carlton and OnDrew Hartigan, both of Lakeland.
The Polk Soil & Water Conservation Board races are countywide, so you might want to pay attention to the platforms and qualifications of the candidates in the contested races.
The district, which was established around 1945, had been inactive for some time and was revived following the 2016 election and its leaders are working to come up with some programs to make the agency relevant.