Mel Ponder

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Mel Ponder
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Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives District 4

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Mel Ponder (Republican Party) was a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 4. He assumed office on November 8, 2016. He left office on November 3, 2020.

Ponder (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the Florida House of Representatives to represent District 4. He withdrew before the Republican primary on August 18, 2020.

Biography

Assemblymember Ponder was born on May 28, 1968, in Ocala, FL and attended Florida State University.[1] Ponder previously served as the mayor of Destin, Florida from 2014 to 2016.[2]

Committee assignments

2019-2020

Ponder was assigned to the following committees:

2017 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2017 legislative session, this legislator served on the following committees:
Florida committee assignments, 2017
Education

The following table lists bills sponsored by this legislator. Bills are monitored by BillTrack50 and sorted by action history. The following list may not be comprehensive. To see all bills sponsored by this person, click on the legislator's name in the title of the table.


Elections

2020

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2020

General election
General election for Florida House of Representatives District 4

T. Patterson Maney defeated John Plante and Lance Lawrence in the general election for Florida House of Representatives District 4 on November 3, 2020.

Candidate
%
Votes

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T. Patterson Maney (R)
 
72.2
 
70,208

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John Plante (D)
 
27.8
 
27,083

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Lance Lawrence (No Party Affiliation) (Write-in)
 
0.0
 
11

Total votes: 97,302

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Democratic primary election

The Democratic primary election was canceled. John Plante advanced from the Democratic primary for Florida House of Representatives District 4.

Republican primary election
Republican primary for Florida House of Representatives District 4

T. Patterson Maney defeated Jeff Hinkle, Jonathan Tallman, and Sandra Atkinson in the Republican primary for Florida House of Representatives District 4 on August 18, 2020.

Candidate
%
Votes

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T. Patterson Maney
 
37.9
 
9,908

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Jeff Hinkle
 
34.4
 
9,001

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Jonathan Tallman
 
17.3
 
4,514

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Sandra Atkinson
 
10.4
 
2,730

Total votes: 26,153
(100.00% precincts reporting)

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Withdrawn or disqualified candidates


2018

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2018

General election
General election for Florida House of Representatives District 4

Incumbent Mel Ponder defeated Rebecca Koelzer in the general election for Florida House of Representatives District 4 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Mel Ponder (R)
 
72.1
 
51,263

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Rebecca Koelzer (D)
 
27.9
 
19,804

Total votes: 71,067

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Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Florida House of Representatives District 4

Rebecca Koelzer advanced from the Democratic primary for Florida House of Representatives District 4 on August 28, 2018.

Candidate

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Rebecca Koelzer

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Republican primary election
Republican primary for Florida House of Representatives District 4

Incumbent Mel Ponder advanced from the Republican primary for Florida House of Representatives District 4 on August 28, 2018.

Candidate

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Mel Ponder

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2016

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2016

Elections for the Florida House of Representatives took place in 2016. The primary election took place on August 30, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was June 24, 2016.

Mel Ponder ran unopposed in the Florida House of Representatives District 4 general election.[3][4]
Florida House of Representatives, District 4 General Election, 2016
Party Candidate
    Republican Green check mark transparent.png Mel Ponder  (unopposed)
Source: Florida Division of Elections


Mel Ponder defeated Laurie Bartlett, Wayne R. Harris, Armand Izzo and Jonathan Tallman defeated in the Florida House of Representatives District 4 Republican primary.[5][6]
Florida House of Representatives, District 4 Republican Primary, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.png Mel Ponder 29.07% 6,691
     Republican Laurie Bartlett 15.86% 3,649
     Republican Wayne R. Harris 20.82% 4,791
     Republican Armand Izzo 9.57% 2,203
     Republican Jonathan Tallman 24.68% 5,679
Total Votes 23,013

Campaign themes

2020

Ballotpedia survey responses

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Campaign donors


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Mel Ponder campaign contribution history
Year Office Result Contributions
2018 Florida House of Representatives District 4  ✔ $164,062
2016 Florida House of Representatives, District 4  ✔ $154,971
Grand total raised $319,033

Source: Follow the Money

2018

Florida House of Representatives District 4 2018 election - Campaign Contributions
Top individual contributors to Mel Ponder's campaign in 2018
BYRNE II, PATRICK E $2,000.00
DANA, PAMELA J $1,000.00
RUMMELL, PETER S $1,000.00
ROOD, JOHN D $1,000.00
BEAR III, LEWIS $1,000.00
Total Raised in 2018 $164,062.00
Source: Follow the Money


2016

Ponder won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016. During that election cycle, Ponder raised a total of $154,971.
Florida House of Representatives 2016 election - campaign contributions
Top contributors to Mel Ponder's campaign in 2016
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association$4,000
Florida Association Of Realtors$2,000
Florida Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association$2,000
Florida Foundation For Liberty$2,000
Duke Energy$1,000
Total raised in 2016$154,971
Source: Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2020

In 2020, the Florida State Legislature was in session from January 14 to March 19.

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2019


2018


2017


2016



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Footnotes

Political offices
Preceded by
Matt Gaetz (R)
Florida House of Representatives District 4
2016-2020
Succeeded by
T. Patt Maney (R)


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