David Ferguson, who was appointed in 2012 to complete the term on the Palm Coast City Council vacated by Frank Meeker, announced on WNZF's "Free For All Friday" at 9:20 a.m. Friday, June 20, that he will not seek to be elected for another term.
The timing is significant because it was only two hours and 40 minutes before the qualifying period ends (at noon) for candidates to run to replace him.
When Ferguson was appointed to serve on District 2, covering the northeast quadrant of the city, he was on a mission: "I thought I was going to uncover a lot of potential fixes," he said. He added: "I've learned a lot. It's a lot more complex to run a city even the size of Palm Coast than I ever imagined."
One of the discoveries he made was how the city budget of about $130 million is supported by only about $15 million in property taxes.
Ferguson has owned a condo in Palm Coast since 2003, but he plans to build a home that would require that he move out of District 2. He said he did not want to make a four-year commitment to delay moving into his new home. In the meantime, he has been living in his condo with furniture, etc., in storage. He formerly lived in Jacksonville.
Ferguson treated his announcement to bow out now with ambivalence. He doesn't like to be considered a politician, but he said he might not be done with politics.
Regarding his announcement to bow out now, he said: "I guess it's a bigger deal to other people than it is to me." He will now be replaced in this fall's election. He said, "I've got 4-5 months left to make a difference."