Three candidates qualify for Destin City Council special election in July
DESTIN — In the city’s July 20 special election, voters will be asked to determine whether Jim Bagby, John Green or Bobby Wagner will serve on the Destin City Council until late 2022.
During the brief qualifying period earlier this week, those three candidates each submitted his qualifying papers to compete in the election.
The candidate who receives the most votes will be sworn in to office Aug. 2 and serve until Nov. 21, 2022, which marks the end of the four-year term of former Councilman Skip Overdier.
Overdier resigned from the council at the end of April because he and his wife were moving out of state.
On May 17, the council unanimously agreed to appoint former Councilman Chatham Morgan to temporarily fill the council seat vacancy. Morgan will be sworn in to office June 7 and serve until the voter-elected councilman is sworn in Aug. 2.
Bagby, Green and Wagner were among the 12 candidates who had sought the appointed position that Morgan ended up filling.
On the application form for the appointed council position, each candidate had provided his biographical information and answers to various questions, such as those that asked what qualifies him to serve on the council, what he considers to be the council’s major purpose and what he would like to see the council accomplish.
Bagby has lived in Destin for 22 years. He served 24 years in the military and eight years on the Destin City Council, and is a former town manager of Rosemary Beach and former executive director of the Walton County Tourist Development Council.
Bagby, who serves on Destin’s Board of Adjustment, said his council experience and experience with the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) and Advanced IEMO help qualify him to serve as a new councilman.
He said the City Council’s major purpose is “to serve ALL the citizens of Destin.”
Bagby wants the council to purchase additional waterfront properties, lower taxes and rein in over-development.
Green is a four-year Destin resident. He owns Beachside Construction Group in Destin and serves on the city’s Public Works Safety Committee.
He said he has a wide perspective and understanding of the community and a good working relationship with the city administration. The council’s major purpose, Green said, is to balance the concerns of residents, businesses and visitors, establish the city’s priorities and set policies and a budget.
He said he wants the council to continue to maintain local roads by having a long-term repaving plan, provide sidewalk and crosswalk striping and signage, keep finding more beach access for residents, improve existing accesses, support code enforcement efforts, continue the discussion of the Crosstown Connector and find a balance for traffic flow.
Wagner has lived in Destin for 15 years. He owns Land Air Sea Productions in Destin, is the executive director of the Destin-based nonprofit Trees on the Coast beautification organization and is a board member of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce.
He said he plans to bring a fresh mindset to the council and a willingness to learn and understand.
The council’s major purpose is to be a selfless leader of the community and set the example for the city, Wagner said.
He said his vision for the city is one of self-sufficient and proactive decisions, and that he will help be a part of solutions that create long-lasting success for lresidents and businesses. Wagner also said he will give Destin “the blood, sweat and tears it deserves to build a better tomorrow for everyone who visits and lives here.”