Chad McLeod Announces Run for Lakeland City Commission
Lakeland business owner to seek at-large seat on Nov. 5
LAKELAND, Fla. (April 16, 2019) – Lakeland business owner and Polk County native Chad McLeod today announced his campaign for the Lakeland City Commission at-large seat. McLeod is the owner of McLeod Communications, a public relations and communications consulting firm based in downtown Lakeland. He filed pre-qualification documents with the city clerk’s office on Monday.
“I’m excited to announce my candidacy for the Lakeland City Commission,” McLeod said. “When I think about what’s ahead for Lakeland, it’s a promising time for our community and important that we have strong leadership. I look forward over the next few months to meeting with my fellow residents, hearing their ideas and sharing my vision for our city.”
Chad McLeod is a business owner and the president of McLeod Communications, a PR and communications firm based in downtown Lakeland. He works with organizations at the local, state and national levels on communication strategy, media relations, issues management and more. Since starting the firm six years ago, he has worked with companies such as AAA, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, TECO Energy and many others.
Born in Bartow, Chad is the son of the late Nolan McLeod, who was a Bartow police officer for 22 years and the police chief in Auburndale until 2012. Chad worked for U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) for five years, traveling the state and meeting with community leaders. He spent two years as the senator’s Southwest Florida Regional Director, where he worked on issues such as housing and urban development, agriculture, the environment and more.
Chad is a past president of the Florida Public Relations Association, Tampa Bay Chapter, and also served for two years on the FPRA State Executive Committee, helping to direct the organization’s strategy, budget and membership. He is a cancer survivor and is involved with advocacy efforts for Moffitt Cancer Center’s Adolescent and Young Adult Program. Chad is married to Erin Larson McLeod, who grew up in Plant City and graduated from Lakeland Christian School. They are active members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Lakeland and live near Lake Hollingsworth with their children.