The mayor and three city council seats are open for the 2018 municipal election.
Mayor Scott Fischer and Council Members Prebble Ramswell and Rodney Braden have already pre-filed for reelection. Former Councilman Jim Wood is also trying to return on the dais. The election will be held on March 13, 2018.
“I have developed a relationship with the residents and I think I have made a huge contribution to the city,” said Mayor Scott Fischer. “There are a lot of challenges and we have a diverse group of people on the city council who are taking them on.”
Fischer is serving out the remaining two years of former Destin mayor and current state Rep. Mel Ponder’s term, who left office when he decided to run for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 2016.
“It takes longer than two years to get things done,” he said. “I want to serve another term to see those projects get accomplished.”
Wood served the city council from 2008-2016 and wants to get back on the board and take care of issues around the city.
“I enjoyed being in the city council and helping make the best decisions,” he said.
Wood wants to be involved on projects like the Triumph Gulf Coast Funding, widening of U.S. Highway 98 and updating code enforcement.
“My main focus is to finish those projects,” he said. “There are big things on plate that need to get done and better our quality of life.”
Braden also has projects he wants to see to completion.
“I want to continue to give back to my community and be a voice for them,” he said.
Braden said there are tough decisions to be made for projects like Norriego Point and the possibility of purchasing the Destin electric utility from Gulf Power.
“The public needs someone like me who's not going to abstain or kick the can down the road. I will make the hard decisions,” he said.
Ramswell said she is ready to serve another term if people still want her and believe she is still has their best interests at heart.
Ramswell said she wants to continue to work on getting a high school in Destin, issues with transportation and infrastructure.
“We also need to strike a balance with short-term rentals and permanent residents,” she said.
Ramswell said she brings a statistical analysis angle to the council.
“I wish to continue to do this for the next four years and continue to tackle the big issues that need to be address,” she said.
The last day for candidates to submit all paperwork and qualify to get on the ballot is by 12 p.m. on Jan. 5.