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Palm Coast Friday, Sep. 18, 2020 4 months ago

Retired teacher becomes new president of Palm Coast Democratic Club

Donna Giglio hopes voters can get to know candidates' strengths.
by: Brian McMillan Executive Editor

Six weeks before the General Election, the Palm Coast Democratic Club has a new leader: Donna Giglio, a retired school teacher, joined the club's board a year ago and was recently named president.

The former president, Bob Coffman, resigned to run for Palm Coast City Council.

Giglio went to school at St. John’s University and then Queens College, in New York. After teaching in New York, she moved in 1989 to Palm Coast, where she taught at Bunnell Elementary, Wadsworth Elementary, Indian Trails Middle and finally Belle Terre Elementary.

"When I get involved in something, I have to be all in."


The Palm Coast Democratic Club provides support to the county’s Democratic Executive Committee and promotes participation among Democrats to support national, state and local candidates.

Giglio said one of the goals of the club is let voters know the candidates. Voters also need to be aware of the challenges in the community, so they can match up the strengths of a particular candidate to meet a particular challenge.

“If you know someone and what they stand for, you may think twice about just going down the list and voting all Republican,” she said.

As of Sept. 18, there were about 39,000 registered Republicans in Flagler County; there were about 28,000 Democrats and 22,000 with no party affiliation. 

Giglio said she got involved with the club after retiring and never would have expected to become president — certainly not after just a year. But, she said, she likes to be active.

“I don’t tend to be a sit-back-and-let-it-happen person,” she said. “I tend to speak up, and when you speak up, people say, ‘OK, you can do that job.’”

She said she supports Joe Biden for president because she believes he will bring the country together.

“I feel we are kind of falling apart,” she said. “We need someone to unite us, to say, ‘These are things we can do.’”

When she’s not campaigning, she is working in the garden. She has been known to work in her yard from sun up to sun down when the weather is right.

“When I get involved in something, I have to be all in,” she said. “If it means that much, you should put yourself completely in. Otherwise, why bother?”


Brian McMillan has been editor of the Palm Coast Observer since it began in 2010. He was named the Journalist of the Year for weekly newspapers in North America by the Local Media Association in 2012. He lives in Palm Coast with his wife and five children. Email...

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