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Okaloosa County Commission Candidates District 5 2024

Drew Palmer

Lockheed Martin Site Manager
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Mary Anne Windes

Real Estate Broker
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Okaloosa County’s District Five covers the eastern half of Niceville and all of Destin to the East Pass bridge. 

What Does An Okaloosa County Commissioner Do?

An Okaloosa County Commissioner is responsible for the oversight of nearly three quarters of a Billion of your local tax dollars every year. In addition to budgeting responsibilities they have several other issues they must deal with every year. Click the button for a refresher of what an Okaloosa County Commissioner does. 

Incumbent Commissioner Mel Ponder

Okaloosa County District 5 Incumbent Mel Ponder is the second commissioner in this election cycle to announce that he will not run for re-election in 2024. Ponder won the seat in 2020 after a tough primary challenge against two other candidates. 

District 5 encompasses all of Destin, the eastern half of greater Niceville and all of Bluewater Bay.

The last niceville-area resident to hold the position was James Campbell, who ended his term of service in 2012. 

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