The Walton County Commissioner is re-elected, the challengers win the seats of the South Walton Mosquito Management – The Defuniak Herald & Seaside Breeze



Following unofficial results of the November 3, 2020 general election, incumbent Walton County District 5 Commissioner Tony Anderson was re-elected for a further four-year term – and two South Walton Mosquito Control (SWMCD) board members have lost their offers for re-election as challengers of choice.

The Republican Anderson, originally elected in 2016, won re-election with 73.98 percent of the vote (31,333 votes). His Democratic challenger Carolynn Zonia received 26.02 percent of the vote (11,023 votes).

TONY ANDERSON, Walton County District 5 Commissioner, was re-elected to serve on the Walton County Board of County Commissioners for a further four-year term. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

Anderson had pledged to keep working to create better paying jobs in Walton County, support the normal use of the beaches, keep taxes low and improve the quality of life.

He released the following statement on the election results: “Tonight I am humble at the trust you have shown in me. I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to serve on your behalf as your county commissioner for the next four years. “

“I would also like to thank my children and grandchildren for their love and support. I have the best family in the world. To the many volunteers who supported our campaign from the primaries to the general election: I am so grateful to you. “

DOUG LILES was voted # 1 on the South Walton Mosquito Control District Board of Directors.

“After all, political campaigns are stressful and often full of fear for everyone involved. It takes sacrifices to run for office, and my opponent, Dr. Carolynn Zonia, ran a strong campaign and worked hard. She has my admiration and my respect. And now we’re moving forward together as one Walton County to further improve the county we love. “

In the 2020 area code, two more seats on the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) had been decided. Republicans Boots McCormick and Mike Barker were elected to District 1 and District 3 respectively.

The newly elected district commissioners will take office on November 16.

The South Walton Mosquito Control District (SWMCD) is an independent special tax district established in 1964 through the efforts of the resident owners south of the bay. The three seats of the SWMCD are impartial and are determined by the voters within the special district.

John Magee, who had served on the SWMCD board of directors for 16 years, narrowly lost his bid for re-election to SWMCD seat 1 in the November 3rd election. Challenger Doug Liles won the seat with 171 votes, receiving 50.45 percent of the Be right. Magee got 49.55 percent.

Liles’ résumé includes starting and operating several local businesses / organizations, Southern Hybrid Homes, Point Washington Preserve, and the Good Samaritan Institute nonprofit, as well as serving as past president of the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa-Walton Counties. He is committed to protecting local waters, especially Choctawhatchee Bay. As a candidate for SWMCD seat 1, Liles had undertaken to deal effectively with existing lawsuits against the SWMCD and to prevent new lawsuits against the organization.

Donna Johns, a candidate for SWMCD Seat 2, also won her election bid and received 60.75 percent of the vote. Incumbent Tim Norris, Seat 2, received 39.25 percent of the vote.

DONNA JOHNS was elected to Seat 2 of the South Walton Mosquito Control District. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

Retired from the US Air Force, Johns served for several years as chairman of the Walton County Design Review Board and past president of the South Walton Republican Club. As a candidate for SWMCD seat 2, she had undertaken to improve the maintenance of the SWMCD’s mosquito ditches, the protection of the local water supply and the management of the SWMCD.

In the election referendum to determine whether a two percent tourism development tax would come into effect for short-term rentals north of the bay, voters approved the tax, with 55.95 percent in favor and 44.05 percent against the tax. At the time of going to press, the BCC should consider making the tax effective March 1, 2021, using funds from the tax for marketing and projects promoting tourism north of the bay.

In Walton County, there was a 75.6 percent turnout for the election with 43,893 ballots cast. For more information about the election, visit the Walton County Supervisor of Elections website at

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