Candidates for Polk County Commissioners - Seat 5

Neil Combee – Candidate for the District 5 seat on the Polk County Commission.


Neil Combee – Candidate for the District 5 seat on the Polk County Commission.

Meet Neil Combee:

“Polk County needs a no-nonsense County Commissioner who can get to work for the people on Day 1.

“I will work every day to keep taxes low for our families and small businesses, give our Sheriff’s Department and first responders the tools and resources they need to keep us safe, push to make critical infrastructure improvements and get Polk County moving in the right direction,” Combee, a Republican, said.

“As a life-long resident of Polk County, raising the 7th generation of my family here, our quality of life is the number one most important issue facing our residents.  My ultimate goal is to keep Polk County’s small-town feel, fight increases in cost of living and making certain nothing threatens our quality of life.”

Combee served in the state House from 2012 through 2017, when he resigned his District 39 seat to accept a presidential appointment to serve as Florida State Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency.

In 2018, he ran for Florida’s 15th Congressional District, losing to U.S. Rep. Ross Spano in the Republican Primary. Spano’s victory was controversial because of his acceptance of illegal campaign loans. Those loans are currently under investigation.

If successful, his newest venture would be a sort of homecoming — Combee served on the Polk County Commission from 1988 through 2004.

John E Hall – Candidate for Polk County Commissioner District 5

Meet John E Hall: 

John Hall is the current Polk County Commissioner representing District 5.  Fiscal responsibility, efficiency, community service and transparency in government continue to be Commissioner John Hall’s top priorities while in office. Elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, Hall also is committed to furthering economic development, improving the overall business climate and increasing public involvement.

Commissioner Hall is a certified public manager who worked for Polk County government for 34 years. He served 24 of those years in a management positions within the facilities management, code enforcement and building divisions.

Hall is a cattle rancher and the president and owner of Polk Community Association Management. He was elected chairman in 2015.


  • Born in Red Level, AL
  • Resides in Auburndale
  • Wife, Gwen, three children and four grandchildren


  • Family
  • Reading
  • Golfing
  • Coaching
  • Vintage cars
  • Hunting


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Leo University
  • Associate’s degree in engineering technologies from Polk State College