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Funeral Director
Seigler Funeral Home Inc

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Mulberry

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The Ledger: Lakeland, Polk County, Florida

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MARK SEIGLER

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Seigler Vows More Responsive City
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MULBERRY -- Mark Seigler, who is campaigning on a slogan "For The People," is a newcomer to seeking elected office, but his family is not.
His father, the late A.M. Seigler, served on the Mulberry City Commission from 1968 to 1992.
Seigler, 43, funeral director at Seigler Funeral Home, predicts this year's election will change the makeup of the City Commission.
He said he city officials need to be more responsive to the public.
"I don't see where the people of the city have had representation by the majority of the commissioners for the past several years," he said.
Seigler was involved in the drive to rename Ninth Avenue to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and he said that's an example of an issue commissioners ignored for years.
He said many people stopped attending City Commission meetings because they don't feel they will receive a fair hearing for their complaints.
"I've seen some people gaveled down at the end of their five minutes, but if they're in the corner of the majority they're allowed to continue talking," Seigler said.
In Mulberry, the mayor is in charge of running commission meetings.
Seigler said he would allow everyone to speak and let them speak as long as they wanted as long as they were not repetitious or disorderly.
And Seigler said he will be vocal himself.
"I plan to ask a lot of questions," he said."Too much has been left in the dark."
Seigler said he's concerned about the personal nature of some of the politics in Mulberry.
One issue that arose in 2003 when he was becoming politically active was his 1998 arrest on a charge of soliciting another to commit lewdness at Christina Park, between Lakeland and Mulberry.
He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge, adjudication was withheld and he was sentenced to six months probation and 30 days of community service, according to court records.
"It's no secret," Seigler said, adding he didn't think the arrest affects his ability to serve as mayor.
"If I did, I wouldn't be running," he said.


The Ledger: Lakeland, Polk County, Florida

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MARK SEIGLER

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Seigler Vows More Responsive City
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MULBERRY -- Mark Seigler, who is campaigning on a slogan "For The People," is a newcomer to seeking elected office, but his family is not.
His father, the late A.M. Seigler, served on the Mulberry City Commission from 1968 to 1992.
Seigler, 43, funeral director at Seigler Funeral Home, predicts this year's election will change the makeup of the City Commission.
He said he city officials need to be more responsive to the public.
"I don't see where the people of the city have had representation by the majority of the commissioners for the past several years," he said.
Seigler was involved in the drive to rename Ninth Avenue to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and he said that's an example of an issue commissioners ignored for years.
He said many people stopped attending City Commission meetings because they don't feel they will receive a fair hearing for their complaints.
"I've seen some people gaveled down at the end of their five minutes, but if they're in the corner of the majority they're allowed to continue talking," Seigler said.
In Mulberry, the mayor is in charge of running commission meetings.
Seigler said he would allow everyone to speak and let them speak as long as they wanted as long as they were not repetitious or disorderly.
And Seigler said he will be vocal himself.
"I plan to ask a lot of questions," he said."Too much has been left in the dark."
Seigler said he's concerned about the personal nature of some of the politics in Mulberry.
One issue that arose in 2003 when he was becoming politically active was his 1998 arrest on a charge of soliciting another to commit lewdness at Christina Park, between Lakeland and Mulberry.
He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge, adjudication was withheld and he was sentenced to six months probation and 30 days of community service, according to court records.
"It's no secret," Seigler said, adding he didn't think the arrest affects his ability to serve as mayor.
"If I did, I wouldn't be running," he said.


Mulberry Mayor Mark ...

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Mulberry Mayor Mark Seigler's delicate back surgery went well Wednesday, the city's Chamber of Commerce executive director said.

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Seigler was in surgery for more than five hours at Orlando Regional Medical Center and was in recovery by 1:30 p.m., said Sharron Jones, the chamber executive.


The Ledger: Lakeland, Polk County, Florida

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"He loved people," said his son, Mark Seigler of Mulberry, who now owns and operates the business.

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Mr. Seigler, whose father founded A.M. Seigler Funeral Home in 1926, served in the Army Air Corps as a master sergeant with the Ninth Bomb Group.He was stationed in the Pacific Theater, where he was a flight engineer on the B-29 Superfortress bomber.Following his discharge, he worked in several different fields until 1956 when his father was killed while making an ambulance call for the funeral home.
Mr. Seigler took over operations of the business and was still working at the funeral home until last week.
"He was the last funeral home to have ambulance service, and it was forced on him to give up his ambulance in 1974," Mark Seigler said."He just loved people and he was at the service of human kind his entire life.That is what he was made of and what he did quite well."
Mr. Seigler was very active in the Mulberry community and served on the City Commission for 24 years.In May 2001, he was inducted into the Mulberry High School Hall of Fame for his achievements and service.
He was a 58-year member of Mulberry Memorial American Legion Post No. 72.He was a member and past president of the Mulberry Kiwanis Club and a member of the Mulberry Golden Age Club.He was a member of Mulberry United Methodist Church.
Mr. Seigler was preceded in death by his first wife of 30 years, Betty Seigler, in 1983.


The Ledger: Lakeland, Polk County, Florida

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Now, both want to reclaim their seats at Tuesday's City Commission meeting, according to letters they sent to Mayor Mark Seigler this week.

Seigler said as far as he's concerned, McLaughlin and Sams are no longer commissioners."It's clear they left with no intention to return," he said.
However, Seigler acknowledged that's his personal opinion.
He said it was unclear to him whether there was any legal basis to seat the two or to turn them away, though he said he hoped the uncertainty would be cleared up before Tuesday's meeting.
It's also unclear what, if anything, Seigler can do if McLaughlin and Sams refuse to relinquish their seats.
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Seigler said he was hoping that Tuesday he would be able to announce the date of a special election to fill the two commissioners' terms, which do not expire until 2007.
Sams said she disagreed with Seigler about retaining her seat.She said she had obtained legal advice that there's no obstacle to her serving on the commission.
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Seigler said Buhr would not attend Tuesday's meeting because
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"It's a difficult situation and it's one that those two have put the city into," Seigler said."It's asinine."
Seigler said he didn't understand how the two commissioners could resign and then change their minds, saying this could occur repeatedly if allowed this time.
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"I was fed up with Mark," she said, explaining he is too quick to insert his personal opinions into commission discussions.
"The mayor should run the meetings, cut ribbons and kiss babies," she said.

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