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Panama City Beach Stays Strange, What's Next for the Ward 3 Incumbent?

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The election might be over, but for Josie Strange the battle is just beginning.
The re-elected incumbent spent her post-election day picking up campaign signs down Back Beach Road.  
"One-by-one," said Strange. "I'm picking 'em up." 
Strange won the Ward 3 seat by a 12 percent margin. A testament, she says, of the citizens desires.  
"I think they wanted me back in office," said Strange. "I think they wanted change in the government and want to see their concerns addressed." 
Strange campaigned strongly on the Spring Break issue. She vowed to stop the toxic tradition and give residents their city back after scenes of the chaos were nationally syndicated on Sean Hannity's Fox news show.  
"I worked very, very, very hard to campaign door to door, which is what you have to do," said Strange. "The first thing I want to do is address spring break.
"That's the biggest concern for our residents and I don't want it forgotten."
But just how does she plan to do it? Her vote is just one on the board, but Strange says following the advice of Sheriff Frank McKeithen will play a large role in her effort.  
"The drinking on the beach, the patrolling the crowds of kids at the special events at the beach, the underage drinking," said Strange. "We've got to have help and our police can't do it all." 
For now, Josie says, she will enjoy the win and take the time to watch all the hard work pay off.  
"I am very, very excited," said Strange. "I am thrilled, I'm ecstatic, and I am just so happy."
Strange will retake her seat at the next commission meeting Thursday April 24th, at 2 o'clock.