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Qualifying Ends: Tax Collector Johnston and Property Appraiser Gardner Are Re-Elected; Supervisor’s Race Will Be a Universal Primary

| June 24, 2016

Property Appraiser Jay Gardner and Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston were re-elected without opposition for a fourth consecutive term each as qualifying ended, with few surprises and withdrawals or disqualifications in other races.

In Flagler Elections, Primary May Decide Half the Local Races, Including Supervisor

| June 2, 2016

Underscoring the importance of turnout, All voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote for Supervisor of Elections, School Board and Palm Coast council in the Aug. 30 primary, with the results in two of the three races deciding the outright winners. That’s assuming no one pulls the write-in ploy.

Acknowledging “Dark Times,” Flagler’s Democrats Say They’re Back and Battling For Long Haul

| June 1, 2016

The Flagler County Democratic Party is hoping top shed years of disarray and political bankruptcy as it fields a few more candidates and organizers in a push for local and state successes. But the difficulties are still as prominent as organizers’ optimism.

6 Local Unions Show Electoral Power as 16 Candidates For School Board, Palm Coast and County Match Mettle

| May 20, 2016

The United Public Employees of Flagler County, representing 6 local public unions, hosted the largest simultaneous political forum in the county’s recent history, yielding a few insights into three races.

Ethics Commission Tosses 5 More Complaints Against County Officials, from Weeks Era

| April 20, 2016

The Florida Ethics Commission threw out complaints against four of the five Flagler County commissioners and County Attorney Al Hadeed in the latest sweep of what has been a drizzle of frivolous complaints against county officials.

Chamber Crystal: How Pot, Trump, and Independents Will Affect Elections in Flagler and Florida

| February 25, 2016

Marian Johnson of the Florida Chamber of Commerce gave a Flagler County group of candidates and business interests an overview of the election season ahead Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Flagler Voter Registrations Surge to 90%, Aiding GOP as Democrats Fall to Historic Low

| February 22, 2016

Flagler County’s voter registration rolls have surged by 21 percent since 2009, resulting in a 90 percent registration rate, with Republicans riding a 4,500-voter advantage over Democrats.

Radical Change Ahead for Palm Coast Council as McGuire Won’t Run, DeLorenzo Opts for County and Netts Is Term-Limited

| January 26, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council will see the biggest turn-over in its history this November as Bill McGuire says he won’t run again, Jason DeLorenzo is running for the county commission and Mayor Jon Netts is term-limited. The council will see a complete turn-over in two years, possibly heralding a sea change in the city’s direction.

Ericksen Will Run for Commission Re-Election After All; Medley Files for Elections Supervisor

| December 4, 2015

Charlie Ericksen, the first-term Flagler County commissioner, said his health issues are behind him, though the announcement was a surprise to Jason DeLorenzo, who is considering a run for that seat.

Bellicose County Commission Candidate Mark Richter Withdraws as O’Brien Announces

| December 2, 2015

Mark Richter, who’d narrowly lost a primary against Nate McLaughlin two years ago as he frequently courted controversy, said he would soon be leaving the county as he withdrew from what would have been a race against Charlie Ericksen.

Elections Commission Tosses 3 More Claims Against Flagler Officials as County Fires Back

| December 1, 2015

The Florida Elections Commission voted to dismiss three elections complaints against Flagler Commissioners Frank Meeker and Nate McLaughlin as the county administration filed another petition to seek attorneys’ fees in related complaints.

Hanns, “Vindicated” by State Ruling His Removal From Election Board Improper, Declares for 7th Term

| October 27, 2015

Then Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks orchestrated George Hanns’s removal from the canvassing board in November, an act the state Elections Commission found improper.

John Ruffalo, a Reagan Assemblies Leader, Affronts County Commissioner at Courthouse

| July 10, 2015

Two months after another Reagan Assemblies member had to resign for a public obscenity, a founding member of the group allegedly insulted the county commissioners names at the county courthouse after calling him dishonorable in an email.

Mark Richter Files to Run for Ericksen’s County Commission Seat as DeLorenzo Mulls Move

| June 12, 2015

Richter, an ex-felong with a history of obscene and threatening communications to local media, ran on a Ronald Reagan Republican Assembly platform in 2012. Palm Coast Council member Jason DeLorenzo is exploring a move away from the council.

Specious and Speculative: State Elections Office Tosses Out Kim Weeks Cases Against 3 Flagler Commissioners

| April 24, 2015

Though she resigned, Kimberle Weeks continues to pursue elections, ethics and Florida bar cases against county commissioners and the county attorney, though the cases are starting to get tossed out for being legally speculative and specious.

New, Younger Faces Sworn In at Palm Coast Council, Same Old at County Commission

| November 18, 2014

The swearing-in ceremonies were a study in contrast, if not a reflection of the election’s paradoxes as Palm Coast showed its desire for change and the county commission stayed the same.

From Washington to Palm Coast City Council, Elections Herald Less Change Than Advertised

| November 5, 2014

Tuesday’s election looked more revolutionary than it was, as political dynamics changed very little, even at the Palm Coast City Council, where two seats turned over, and even more so at the school board and the county commission, where change may be imperceptible.

Commission Incumbents Meeker and McLaughlin Win, McDonald Beats Fischer for School Board, Shipley and Nobile Win Palm Coast; Scott Wins, Pot Busts

| November 4, 2014

With 21,000 votes in–early vote tallies and absentee ballots–County Commission incumbents Frank Meeker and Nate McLaughlin have taken commanding leads against challengers Howard Holley and Denise Calderwood, with Meeker polling 58 percent and McLaughlin close to 60 percent.

Denise Calderwood, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 20, 2014

Independent Denise Calderwood is challenging Republican incumbent Nate McLaughlin in the District 4 race for Flagler County Commission in the Nov. 4 election. All registered Flagler County and and municipal residents may cast ballot in the race.

Howard Holley, Flagler County Commission Candidates: The Live Interview

| October 20, 2014

Howard Holley is an Independent candidate for the Flagler County Commission in the Nov. 4 election, challenging incumbent Republican Frank Meeker. All registered voters may cast a ballot in this race.

In Chamber’s Straw Poll, Shipley and Nobile Win Palm Coast, Incumbents Win all County and State Offices and Pot Loses

| October 16, 2014

There were few surprises in a straw poll of 124 participants conducted by the Flagler Chamber of Commerce at a political forum and at Creekside Festival in the last few days, but the sample is too small to be indicative of more than hints.

Supervisor of Elections’ Husband Duane Weeks in Threatening Altercation With Flagler Commissioner Meeker

| September 25, 2014

The brief confrontation, which entailed Duane Weeks at one point inviting Frank Meeker outside, took place before an NAACP meeting where Sheriff Manfre was to address the fallout from the racial events in Ferguson, Mo.

John Thrasher Is Named FSU’s Next President, Opening Big Void in Flagler’s Legislative Pull; Hutson Considering Run

| September 23, 2014

For Flagler County, Thrasher’s move is the second major blow to the county’s political pull, after losing John Mica in Congress to redistricting two years ago. Flagler had specific needs that may now go unfilled in Tallahassee.

Commission Chairman Questions Election’s Integrity in Broad Criticism of Supervisor Kim Weeks’ Methods

| September 16, 2014

George Hanns unleashed an unusually blunt and broad critique of Weeks at the end of a county commission meeting and went as far as questioning whether it was time to involve the state Division of Elections “about some of the things that are transpiring.”

Unbowed, Elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks Signals More Brawling Ahead

| September 2, 2014

In the latest bout involving the elections supervisor, Kimberle Weeks on Tuesday took on Al Hadeed, the county attorney, dismissing his mediation efforts with Palm Coast and at one point seeking to silence him.

Andy Dance Wins, McLaughlin, Meeker and Tucker Survive, Fischer and Both Palm Coast Races Headed for November Run-Offs

| August 26, 2014

Full results for the 2014 primary election in Flagler County and in statewide races relevant to the county, with the latest updates.

Time To Get Off Your Duff and Vote

| August 26, 2014

Even though it’s a primary with a few races closed to most voters, all registered voters get to vote on key races including school board, Palm Coast and three judicial races.

Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon Handed Wrong Ballot in Early Voting, Raising Questions About Election’s Integrity

| August 25, 2014

Two of the three ballots handed City Manager Jim Landon, his stepdaughter and his wife Friday did not include Palm Coast City Council races, echoing a similar report by another voter, prompting discussions by the county Canvassing Board about better ensuring the integrity of the vote. But Supervisor Weeks put that responsibility squarely on voters.

Frank Meeker, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 24, 2014

Frank Meeker is a candidate for the Flagler County Commission in the Aug. 26 Republican primary, in which only registered Republicans may cast a ballot.

Dennis McDonald, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 24, 2014

Dennis McDonald is a candidate for the Flagler County Commission in the Aug. 26 Republican primary, in which only registered Republicans may cast a ballot.

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