Mary Anne Windes, Enters Okaloosa County Commission District 5 Race

Mary Anne Windes has thrown her hat in the ring to compete against Drew Palmer for the District 5 Commission Seat

Another competitor has entered the arena in the Okaloosa County Commission District 5 race – and it’s a familiar name. 

Mary Anne Windes, wife of former Okaloosa County Commissioner for District 5 Captain Kelly Windes, filed paperwork with the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Office to run for the office.

Incumbent Mel Ponder announced he wouldn’t run for re-election last week. 

The other competitor for the office (so far) is Congressman Matt Gaetz-Endorsed Destin Resident Drew Palmer. 

You can learn more about this (and all of the other races this election cycle) by visiting  

We will work to get information and an interview with Mrs. Windes in 

the next week. 

Who Is Mary Anne Windes, Candidate for Okaloosa County Commission District 5

Mary Anne Windes owns the Real Estate Brokerage Real Estate Professionals of Destin on the Destin Harbor. 

Windes grew up in Fort Walton Beach and graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School. According to her LinkedIn profile, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of West Florida while on a tennis scholarship

She has served as the financial manager of 16 family businesses, including ten commercial fishing vessels. 

She has also served as the President of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, the 2013 Chairman of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce and as the President of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority between 2004-2005. 

She has chaired the Destin Fishing Rodeo and the Miss Destin Pageant and teaches a financial ministry series at her church. 

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