Longtime Lakeland Public Safety Organizations and Business Leaders Endorse Saga Stevin, Candidate for Lakeland Mayor ‘21

(Lakeland, FL – 10/4/21) Saga Stevin for Lakeland Mayor Campaign is pleased to announce four new endorsements in Lakeland’s Mayoral Election, scheduled for Nov. 2, 2021. These leaders have examined both candidates’ stands on the complex issues Lakeland currently faces; they are proud to stand behind: Saga Stevin, Lakeland Mayoral Candidate 2021


  1.  The Fraternal Order of Police Lakeland Lodge #185.

The FOP Lakeland Lodge #185 is proud to endorse Saga Stevin, Mayoral Candidate, saying, “We stand together to keep Lakeland, Lakeland. Let’s continue to keep our city safe and to #BackTheBlue.”

  1. Former Lakeland, Howard Wiggs

Former Mayor Wiggs was and is lauded for his ability to build consensus among opposing viewpoints and to truly care about every Lakeland citizen. He sees those same key traits in Saga, saying, “It is my great honor to officially endorse Saga Stevin, Candidate for Mayor of Lakeland because:

“She will give more than lip service to important issues in our community, listening to our citizen as well as our police and fire departments. This entrepreneur and former business owner truly sees people, not color. We need leaders like Saga Stevin, who will keep her word and not waffle from outside pressure. I support Saga Stevin for Lakeland Mayor. She is an independent thinker who wants to help all of us keep Lakeland, Lakeland, even as we move ahead economically”

  1. Lakeland Commissioner Neil Combee

Lakeland City Commissioner Neil Combee is clear that, “Saga Stevin, raised right here in Lakeland, is the strong Christian, fiscal conservative who can help us keep Lakeland affordable. Her hands-on business experience will help keep taxes low and support local businesses as we recover from a year of national unrest exacerbated by Covid. Electing Saga Stevin as Mayor will give us a voice of reason as we work to keep every neighborhood free from crime, give our first responders the tools they need to be successful and keep Lakeland moving forward. Lakeland needs a strong leader like Saga Stevin. I am proud to endorse her candidacy for Mayor.“

  1. Lakeland Professional Firefighters

“After careful consideration, the Lakeland Professional Firefighters is pleased to announce our endorsement of Saga Stevin for Lakeland Mayor. We are particularly appreciative of your belief that public safety infrastructure must grow with the City, because “playing catch-up” presents unnecessary risk to the public and the members.

We’re looking forward to working with you…and improving upon the great services provided by the Lakeland Fire Department.”

More about Saga Stevin, Lakeland Mayoral Candidate Endorsers

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) consists of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. Its membership of more than 355,000 members includes 2,100 local chapters (lodges) nationwide. Each Lodge organization seeks to improve the working conditions of local law enforcement officers and the safety of those they serve through education, training and benefits.

Former Mayor Howard Wiggs, a longtime believer in public service, small business owner and found the time to serve 21 years on Lakeland’s City Commission before being elected Mayor in 2014. He continues to be lauded for his ability to build consensus, and his contagious insistence that respect for one another (even when disagreeing) is the only way to come together and accomplish big things for all.  

Longtime agri-business leader Neil Combee was elected to the Polk County Commission as a Democrat in 1988 and re-elected in 1992, 1996, and 2000. He has served as the Florida state director of the USDA Farm Service Agency and represented parts of northern Polk County and northwestern Osceola County in the Florida House of Representatives from 2012 to 2017. He currently serves as a Lakeland City Commissioner.

The Lakeland Professional Firefighters is a labor union organization with the International Association of Firefighters. Their mission is to provide support for the firefighters of Lakeland.