She received a hearty welcome from the lunch crowd at Sweet Magnolias Restaurant in Millville.
Degeorge says outgoing Mayor Clemons did a lot of good things for Panama City, but she looks forward to working on her own agenda.
She says the preservation of historic buildings and improving the marina are some of her priorities.
Despite only 15 percent of Panama City registered voters participating in Super Tuesday, the supervisor of election’s office says 12 percent is the average turnout for a local election.
Degeorge called her own win an upset, but many local residents feel otherwise.
Glenn Gibson of Panama City says, “I think the people were ready for a change. You know, Mayor Clemens has been in office for 24 years, and I guess they just wanted some new blood in there.”
Greg Faulk adds, “Pleased with the race. I believe Lauren's going to be a good mayor, good mayor. I think she's going to do good things for Panama City, and I'm glad she's in.”
Degeorge will be installed as mayor on May 20.