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Destin Mayor Mel Ponder Runs for Matt Gaetz's Florida House Seat

With Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, running for the Florida Senate in 2016, Destin Mayor Mel Ponder launched a bid to replace him on Monday. 

“It is with great humility and a strong sense of service that I ask the voters of Okaloosa County to allow me the privilege and honor to serve as their next state representative,” Ponder said. “As a strong conservative, I will champion our shared ideals of limited government, lower taxes, economic opportunity for all and supporting traditional family values so that we can continue to build a strong community and see Okaloosa County thrive.”

Ponder joins what is shaping up to be a competitive Republican primary. Also running is Okaloosa County Commissioner Wayne Harris who led the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce and businessman and veteran Armand Izzo. 


Mel, Best of luck to you from your Ocala Friends. The people of Okaloosa County will be fortunate to have you as their State Representative. Keith and Jan Knorr

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