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Palm Coast Cancels Special Meeting as Conflict With Elections Supervisor Again Flares

| March 24, 2014

Tuesday’s special meeting between the Palm Coast City Council and Elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks was to have ironed out a mutual agreement for Weeks’s office to run the city’s municipal elections this year. Weeks, however, is demanding that the city approve the agreement she drafted without such a meeting, and virtually without changes, something to which the city is not likely to agree before the April 2 deadline set by Weeks.

Dispelling Rumors, Bunnell’s Armando Martinez Says He’s Not Running for Sheriff Against Manfre

| July 24, 2013

Both Flagler Sheriff Jim Manfre and Bunnell Manager Armando Martinez had heard the rumor that Martinez was preparing to run against Manfre, a friend, for sheriff come 2016. After a meeting with Manfre Wednesday, Martinez categorically said that will not happen.

Back from a Limb, Ray Stevens “Distances” Himself from November’s Manfre Endorsement

| March 14, 2013

Republican Ray Stevens says he would not have endorsed Democrat Jim Manfre in November had he known that firings were on the way. Manfre himself defended his actions as necessary, while thanking Stevens for his opinions.

Trey Corbett, Former Elections Supervisor Candidate, Cleared of Alleged Ethics Violation

| February 1, 2013

In a footnote to one of the most contentious local elections of 2012, Trey Corbett, a candidate for Flagler County Supervisor of Elections, was cleared of ethics violations by the Florida Commission on Ethics.

Quoting—and Misquoting—Jefferson, Sheriff Vows Agency Will Breathe Air of Integrity

| January 8, 2013

Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre’s swearing-in featured a large-tent invitation and sharp contrasts of style and intentions with the eight years of Don Fleming, but also a reminder from Manfre that imperfection is universal.

New Sheriff In Town: Jim Manfre Wastes No Time Firing, Demoting and Reorganizing

| January 8, 2013

Even before he was to be sworn in at noon Tuesday, Sheriff Jim Manfre had radically reorganized the sheriff’s office in a manner bound to stir a mixture of resentment and approval, signaling an aggressively ambitious agenda.

Case Closed: Sheriff Fleming Will Pay $500 Fine to Settle Hammock Club Ethics Violation

| December 7, 2012

the Florida Commission on Ethics is expected to approve the settlement agreement at its meeting next month, two weeks after Fleming will have left office after eight years as Flagler County Sheriff.

Sheriff Fleming “Conflicting” Under Oath, But Cleared of Wrongdoing in Fischer Case

| December 5, 2012

Sheriff Fleming made conflicting and inaccurate statements under oath regarding his phone calls with John Fischer following Fischer’s wife’s involvement in a fatal hit-and-run last year, a state attorney’s report concludes, but there’s no evidence of “improper or illegal contact” between the two men, the report states.

Manfre Picks Rick Staly as Undersheriff, Passing Over O’Brien, Who’ll Be Chief Deputy

| December 3, 2012

Incoming Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre’s appointment of Rick Staly as undersheriff signals Manfre’s intent to shake up the internal workings of the agency while maintaining some continuity with O’Brien, who’d risen to chief deputy during Manfre’s first tenure between 2001 and 2004.

In a Day of Inaugurals, 3 Governments Swear In New Members and 2 Elect New Chairmen

| November 20, 2012

The Flagler County Commission, the school board and the Palm Coast City Council all either welcomed new members or shuffled their chairmanships in an annual ritual with a mixture of ceremony and consequences.

No Close Call: Obama Wins; Weeks, Meeker, Nelson, DeSantis, Thrasher, Hanns, Moore-Stens, Manfre and Hutson Win

| November 6, 2012

Flagler County election results will be posted here as soon as they are available, along with results of presidential, federal and state races, and updated as long as results are generated. All results for all Flagler County and related elections will be on this page.

Trey Corbett: The Live Interview
Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Race

| November 2, 2012

Trey Corbett is the Republican candidate for Flagler County Supervisor of Elections in the Nov. 6 election, facing one-term incumbent Supervisor Kimberle Weeks, a Democrat. All registered Flagler County voters get to cast a ballot in this race.

Kimberle Weeks: The Live Interview | Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Race

| November 2, 2012

Kimberle Weeks, the incumbent Democrat, is a candidate for Flagler County Supervisor of Elections in the Nov. 6 election, facing Trey Corbett, a Republican. All registered Flagler County voters get to cast a ballot in this race.

Crime in Flagler County Declines Again, Adding Another Wrinkle to Sheriff’s Race

| November 1, 2012

Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming was quick to tout the 6.2 percent crime rate decline in the first six months of 2012 as vindication of his policies, while his opponent, Jim Manfre, a former sheriff, pointed out that crime was lower during his tenure.

Flagler Votes: Candidate Forum Tonight at Knights of Columbus

| October 24, 2012

Candidates in seven local races have been invited and will be heard over the two evenings at the Knights of Columbus hall on Old Kings Road, answering questions prepared by the Chamber of Commerce, the Flagler County Association of Realtors and the Flagler Home Builders Association.

State Ethics Commission Finds Sheriff Fleming in Violation Over Hammock Gift Membership

| October 19, 2012

The Florida Commission on Ethics today found probable cause that Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming violated the state code of ethics when he accepted a free, gift membership to the Hammock Beach Resort since 2005, a finding that may seriously damage Fleming’s chances of re-election in less than three weeks.

Purity, Schmurity: GOP’s Ray Stevens Picks Democrat Jim Manfre, Jolting Sheriff’s Race

| October 10, 2012

Ray Stevens spent much of his primary battle discrediting John Pollinger’s GOP credentials. General election rules are different, he says, explaining his endorsement of Jim Manfre, and drawing charges of opportunism from Pollinger and Fleming. Yet the endorsement potentially upends the race in Manfre’s favor.

Holland-Hutson Money Race Still Lopsided; Manfre Doubles Take, Closing Fleming Gap

| October 8, 2012

The last two weeks of September saw Travis Hutson add almost as much money to his treasure chest–$13,000–as Milissa Holland raised in the entire election cycle ($15,502). Sheriff Candidate Jim Manfre has raised $19,000 to incumbent Don Fleming’s $24,000.

In Flagler’s Elections, Some Coffers Are Depleted, Some Rich in Out-Of-County Donors

| September 21, 2012

The biggest contrast s in the Frank Meeker-Abby Romaine race for the Flagler County Commission, with almost 80 percent of Meeker’s money coming from out of the county, and 100 percent of Romaine’s coming from within it.

Trey Corbett, Running for Flagler Supervisor Of Elections, Trips Over Several Election Rules

| September 14, 2012

From a minor fine to more serious questions about his home and where he’s voted for the last four elections, Trey Corbett’s pattern of issues stand out because of the office he’s seeking, since he would be responsible for monitoring and controlling those very issues as supervisor of elections.

Jamesine Fischer’s Hit-and-Run Trial Pushed to January, Benefitting Flagler Sheriff Fleming

| September 12, 2012

Jamesine Fischer, facing a first-degree felony charge in the killing 76-year-old Francoise Pecqueur in a hit-and-run almost a year ago, will go to trial in January. The continuance works in favor of Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming’s re-election campaign.

Rumble in the Jumble: Marking Territory, Flagler Republicans Just Can’t Get Along

| August 30, 2012

John Ruffalo, a member of the Ropnald Reagan Republican Assemblies, allegedly used force against a 72-year-old woman to keep her from going into Republican headquarters in the Staples shopping center Saturday, even though she is the wife of the chairman of the Flagler County Republican Executive Committee, and a member of the committee herself.

The Winners: Fleming, Manfre, Holland, Conklin, Dickinson, Wadsworth, Larizza, Corbett, Ericksen, Meeker and the School Tax

| August 14, 2012

Flagler County election results posted live and fresh as soon as they’re tabulated, with rolling analyses of the races.

Your Only Job Today: Vote

| August 14, 2012

Polls opened at 7 this morning. They will close at 7 this evening. You have one, brief job today–by far a more important job than sitting at your desk or punching a clock: find your precinct and go vote.

In Two Key Flagler County Races, Candidates Swell Their Coffers With Their Own Money

| August 13, 2012

As the primary campaign culminates with Tuesday’s vote, the races for Flagler County Court Judge and Flagler County Sheriff have overwhelmed all others in money raised and spent, but with notable exceptions, candidates’ own money talked loudest.

In the Race for State Attorney for the 7th Circuit, the Aug. 14 Election Will Decide It All

| August 5, 2012

Incumbent R.J. Larizza is challenged by long-time Volusia County Judge Stasia Warren in the race for State Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit, which covers Flagler, Volusia, St. Johns and Putnam. All registered voters in all four counties are eligible to cast a vote on Aug. 14 regardless of party affiliation.

Early Voting Is On for the Primary. Go Vote.

| August 5, 2012

Early voting for the Aug. 14 primary is on at the Flagler County Public Library on belle Terre and at the elections office at the Government Services Building, through Aug. 11. A full schedule, sample ballot and more.

Flagler Tea Party Straw Poll Winners: Stevens, Westbrook, Warren, Meeker, But Not Schools

| August 2, 2012

The Flagler County Tea Party’s straw poll included 14 races on the Aug. 14 ballot, plus the school board’s half-penny sales tax referendum, which drew 67 percent against, a worrisome sign for the school board.

When Even Sheriff Fleming Is a Bystander to Rumors’ Wreckage

| July 23, 2012

A verbal altercation involving Sheriff Don Fleming’s step-daughter and another woman at European Village began a series of events that caused the firing of the woman and her boyfriend, both waiters at Mazzaluna. Charges that Fleming had retaliated are unsubstantiated.

Ray Stevens Assault on John Pollinger Mutates, This Time Invoking 9/11 Decisions

| July 16, 2012

Fresh from losing a suit attempting to boot John Pollinger from the Republican ballot for sheriff on Aug. 14 (the decision is on appeal), the Ray Stevens camp is criticizing a Pollinger decision to keep officers from going to Ground Zero after 9/11, though the record overwhelmingly supports Pollinger’s decision.

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