Clemons Loses

In Panama City, 12 term veteran Mayor Gerry Clemons was defeated after 24 years at the helm of the city. Political newcomer Lauren DeGeorge picked up 1,717 votes of 52 percent. Clemons got 1,583 votes, or 48 percent of the total cast.

In the Ward Four Panama City Commission race, incumbent John Earl Pilcher gets another term with 51 percent of the vote. His two challengers were Mary Keith who polled 27 percent of the votes in the race while John Salak came in third in the commission race getting 22 percent.

In Springfield, Former Mayor Robert Walker, who stepped down to run for county commission last fall, will go back into the mayor's office. Walker got 49 percent of the vote, while challenger Jerre Deason raked in 29 percent and Beth McClean ran third with 23 percent.

Meanwhile, Acting Springfield Mayor Gene Stockwell ran for the City Commission Ward 3 seat. He was easily defeated by political newcomer Jimmy Talley. Talley got 68 percent of the votes, while Stockwell took home 32 percent of the votes.

And in the Springfield Ward 4 contest, John Gipson beat Esther Hedbawny by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent.

In Parker, where voters could vote for two of the four candidates for two commission vacancies, former Police Chief Will Oost will win one of the seats. He got 37 percent of the vote. Joe Walker and Michael Miller are neck and neck for the other seat, with Walker a former police chief in Parker holding a slight lead.

And In Mexico Beach, there was one commission seat on Tuesday's ballot. It was a close race. Gary Woodham beat Shawna Wood by a four point margin, 52 percent to 48 percent.


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