He's one of two would-be incumbents for the 2022 council elections who won't be running again.
Palm Coast City Councilman Eddie Branquinho will not run for reelection — unless those who run for the seat turn out to be "extremists," he said Oct. 19.
"I have to announce today that I will be not running in the next election," he said toward the close of the Oct. 19 City Council meeting. "Upon speaking with my family and my good friends, I made a decision. This last year has been tough for me, especially after my son passed."
He added a caveat.
"I would like to leave the door open. If the crew out there running for my seat are in any way, shape or form, a bunch of extremists, and I mean left and right ... then I'll leave the door open for running. But I would like to see, first, who's out there. But right now, Eddie Branquinho will not be running."
Branquinho, the council's District 4 representative, was elected in 2018.
In addition to Branquinho's District 4 seat, the District 2 seat held by Victor Barbosa will be up for grabs in 2022: Barbosa has already filed to run for County Commission next year.
The remaining three council seats will not be up for election until 2024.