Mel Ponder Dominates First HD 4 Straw Poll

The race to succeed Matt Gaetz in HD 4 saw its first straw poll Wednesday on Okaloosa Island. And Destin Mayor Mel Ponder ran away with it. In a five person race, Ponder took almost 50 percent of the 78 votes cast. Ponder’s 35 votes almost doubled that of Jonathan Tallman, one of three political […]


Ponder wins Island straw poll

OKALOOSA ISLAND — Iowa has its caucus and Okaloosa Island has its straw poll. Following a forum featuring five Republican candidates for the state House District 4 seat left behind by Matt Gaetz, a straw poll was conducted to, in theory, determine which candidate most impressed those who attended. With 78 votes cast, Destin Mayor […]


Ponder to enter State House District 4 race

Destin Mayor Mel Ponder has set his sights on the State House of Representatives. Ponder is the third person to pre-file to run for the District 4 seat, which will be vacated by Rep. Matt Gaetz. “It’s just something I feel led to do,” he said. “I’m just trying to take my beliefs and values […]