About Mel


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Mel and Mona Ponder

Mel Ponder doesn’t just talk conservative values – he lives them in every walk of life. For Mel, faith and family come first: he raised three children with his wife of 24 years, and helped institute the Destin Week of Blessings, an annual event that unites area pastors and churches. He and his wife have dedicated themselves to their community, serving on the boards of many ministries and nonprofits.

Mel brought his principles to the business world too, starting his own small business to train and support local marketplace leaders, individuals, as well as ministers and others of faith to make a difference in their communities. He believes the city (and region) were meant to fit together and as each part does its own work, it will help the other parts grow so that the city and region are also growing. He believes “honor” is a part big of achieving this in our cities and region. He also worked hard to become a leader in various industries including regionalization, small business ownership, food/hospitality, retail, sales, marketing, nonprofit, and the real estate finance industries. This experience helped him accumulate a wealth of leadership experience that he brought to the City of Destin, when he was elected to be their Mayor.

Mel now wants to serve Okaloosa County and the State of Florida by running for District 4’s State House. Mel knows that our State could use strong conservative principles to guide it, especially when it comes to balancing our budget and shrinking the size of government. Mel will serve the people of District 4 with all of the dignity and grace he devotes to his life’s ministries – and he will work to protect our conservative values and ensure they have a voice in Tallahassee!

Mel values faith, family, honor, opportunity, generations, and heritage.