PANAMA CITY — Bay County Commissioner and Panama City businessman George Gainer has been elected to the Florida Senate, representing District 2.

In a testament to his broad support, Commissioner Gainer was the only candidate to file for the Northwest Florida Senate seat when state qualifying ended at noon Eastern Friday.

“I am humbled and honored to have been elected without drawing another candidate to run against me,” Gainer said. “From the first day I announced my candidacy, I have worked to visit with as many voters as possible throughout the district. They have my pledge that my door is always open to them and I will do my absolute best to serve them with honor in Tallahassee.”

Commissioner Gainer will be sworn into office in November. He will continue to serve on the Bay County Commission until Nov. 8.

Gainer is a lifelong resident of Northwest Florida. He was born in Jackson County, lived as a youth in Washington and Bay counties and raised his family and started his business in Panama City. George and his wife Jan have six children and 12 grandchildren.

The District 2 seat is currently held by Senator Don Gaetz, who is leaving because of term limits.

“I look forward to working with Senator Gaetz to provide a smooth transition for the residents of Northwest Florida,” Gainer said.