O'Brien is the first Flagler County incumbent to file for the 2020 election year.
Donald O’Brien, the current chairman of the Flagler County Commission, on June 10 filed for re-election for Flagler County Commission, District 5.
“It has been an honor to serve you," O'Brien said in a press release. "I am proud of the progress we have made, but the fact is there is more work to be done.”
O’Brien won his first term in 2016 and also owns a Flagler County-based business.
“My family has lived here for almost 30 years and my grandchildren are being raised here,” O’Brien said. “I have the energy, the drive and the determination to work hard for you to make Flagler County the best place it can be for all of us.”
After winning in 2016, O’Brien’s immediate priority was to recover and rebuild after two hurricanes devastated Flagler County over an 11-month span.
“As we moved forward, the pressure to raise your taxes was ratcheted up during the recovery process, but I resisted and stood firm on fiscal discipline — voting against a property tax increase,” he said.
After being in office, O’Brien said, he came to the realization that the entrenched county administration wasn’t willing to adapt and change and didn’t have the skill set to lead Flagler County into the next phase of growth.
“I supported a leadership change, and we were successful in getting that accomplished,” he said. “Your county government faces many challenges as it moves from a rural county to a more urban county, and the work continues.”
O’Brien will be focused on bringing in new jobs to the area and ensuring public safety remains a top priority to keep our residents safe.
“I am asking for your support so that I can continue to serve you and continue to work hard,” O’Brien said.
— Story provided by O'Brien's campaign.