Unofficial City Election Results Are Out

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

Although it may not have been the strongest voter turnout in recent years, residents of five cities spoke volumes with their votes.

For Panama City Beach, Jeff Ferguson beat out Lee Kinner with 66 percent of the votes, and Bobby Bolton won Ward 3 with a little more than 60 percent, beating out incumbent Debbie Sasser.

Incumbents didn't fare to well in Callaway either. Callaway City Commissioner Ward 1 is now Dennis Delapp with 50 percent of the vote, and Tom Abbott won the Ward 2 seat with more than 44 percent.

Both incumbents Charles Griffin and Shannon Aufdencamp lost their reelection bids.

Walter Kelley secured another term as Lynn Haven's mayor with almost 64 percent of the vote. Frances Wittkopf retains her City Commissioner Seat 1 with almost 68 percent of the votes, and Antonius Barnes keeps Seat 2 with 62-percent.

In fact, Lynn Haven was the only city where voters left the incumbents in office.

Walter Kelley, Lynn Haven Mayor, says, "I feel real good because I think the people have spoken loud and clear that they're satisfied that we're moving forward in Lynn Haven, but we still have work to do and I'm looking forward to the next two years so we can make the quality of life better for everyone."

All three Panama City Beach referendums were voted "yes." This allows the city to raise city managers’ contracting authority to $10,000. It also allows city council members to pass non-emergency ordinances on two separate readings, and it changes the city charter to allow candidates to be elected by a simple majority without a runoff election.

Right now these results are unofficial. The official vote totals will be certified Monday morning at 10:00.


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