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Palm Coast Monday, Jul. 23, 2018 1 year ago

Locals cast their votes in Flagler Votes straw poll

About 200 people took part in the straw poll at the Flagler Votes Candidate and Voter Hob Nob July 23.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

Incumbent county commissioners Nate McLaughlin and Greg Hansen and School Board member Trevor Tucker beat their challengers in a straw poll held at the Flagler Votes Candidate and Voter Hob Nob at the Palm Coast Community Center July 23. 

In the Palm Coast City Council races, Jack Howell, the retired Marine colonel and Teens-In-Flight program founder, came out ahead of former Palm Coast mayor and city councilman Jon Netts in the District 2 race; and John Tipton beat Eddie Branquinho and Corinne Hermle in the District 4 race.

In the District 2 School Board race, incumbent Janet McDonald came in third, behind challengers Carl Jones (first) and John Fischer.

Hundreds of people attended the event, and about 200 people took part in the straw poll. The crowd leaned Republican — more Republican candidates held booths and brought their campaign staff and supporters — but so does the county: There are 33,107 registered Republicans in Flagler, 25,134 Democrats and 22,606 people registered without party affiliation.

"It's typically more heavily Republican because typically the Chamber of Commerce is more Republican. But there are more Democrats here than I've ever seen here," said Mike Cocchiola, president of the Palm Coast Democratic Club. "We are a force in this town, and we can get people elected.

The event, Cocchiola added, "gets people to realize there's an election Aug. 28," said "Now, people call it a primary, but for some folks it's actually an election," he said, referring to the races that will be decided Aug. 28 if one candidate gets 50% plus one. 

Danielle Anderson, president of the Flagler County Republican Club, said turnout seemed higher this year than in recent years.

"It was crammed into the FCAR building last time," she said. "This gives us more space to meet candidates." She'd noticed Republicans and Democrats talking with one another. "It's really showing that people are interested in hearing both sides of the aisle," she said.

The event was hosted by the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, the Flagler County Association of Realtors and the Flagler Home Builders Association. A total of 22 candidates participated.

Full straw poll results are as follows:


Board of County Commissioners, District 2

Greg Hansen REP 100 (60.98%)

Abby Romaine REP 64 (39.02%)


Board of County Commissioners, District 4

Nate McLaughlin REP 115 (67.25%)

Joe Mullins REP 56 (32.75%)


School Board Member, District 2

Carl Jones n/a 84 (43.3%)

John Fischer n/a 67 (34.54%)

Janet O. McDonald n/a 43 (22.16%)


School Board Member, District 4

Trevor Tucker n/a 112 (67.07%)

Paul Anderson n/a 55 (32.93%)


Palm Coast City Council Member, District 2

Jack D. Howell n/a 94 (54.97%)

Jon Netts n/a 77 (45.03%)


Palm Coast City Council Member, District 4

John E. Tipton IV n/a 101 (56.11%)

Eddie Branquinho n/a 62 (34.44%)

Corinne Hermle n/a 17 (9.44%)


Circuit Court Judge, Circuit 7, Group 15

Sebrina L. Slack n/a 92 (51.98%)

Linda L. Gaustad n/a 56 (31.64%)

Ryan Will n/a 29 (16.38%)


State Representative, District 24

Paul Renner REP 117 (58.79%)

Adam Morley DEM 82 (41.21%)


U.S. Senator

Rick Scott REP 115 (53.74%)

Bill Nelson DEM 96 (44.86%)

Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente REP 3 (1.4%)


US Representative in Congress, District 6

Michael Waltz REP 65 (30.37%)

Fred Costello REP 43 (20.09%)

Stephen Sevigny DEM 35 (16.36%)

Nancy Soderberg DEM 33 (15.42%)

John Upchurch DEM 21 (9.81%)

John Ward REP 17 (7.94%)


Governor & Lieutenant Governor

 Ron DeSantis REP 80 (37.56%)

Adam H. Putnam REP 36 (16.9%)

Gwen Graham DEM 34 (15.96%)

Philip Levine DEM 30 (14.08%)

Jeff Greene DEM 11 (5.16%)

Andrew Gillum DEM 9 (4.23%)

Chris King DEM 5 (2.35%)

Timothy M. Devine REP 3 (1.41%)

Don Baldauf REP 2 (0.94%)

John Joseph Mercadante REP 1 (0.47%)

Alex "Lundy" Lundmark DEM 1 (0.47%)

Darcy G. Richardson REF 1 (0.47%)

Bob Langford REP 0 (0%)

Bruce Nathan REP 0 (0%)

Bob White REP 0 (0%)

John Wetherbee DEM 0 (0%)


Attorney General

Ashley Moody REP 90 (45.45%)

Ryan Torrens DEM 48 (24.24%)

Sean Shaw DEM 34 (17.17%)

Frank White REP 26 (13.13%)


Chief Financial Officer

 Jimmy Patronis REP 102 (54.26%)

Jeremy Ring DEM 86 (45.74%)


Commissioner of Agriculture

 Matt Caldwell REP 76 (38.38%)

Roy David Walker DEM 36 (18.18%)

Denise Grimsley REP 32 (16.16%)

Nicole "Nikki" Fried DEM 29 (14.65%)

Jeffrey Duane Porter DEM 13 (6.57%)

Mike McCalister REP 12 (6.06%)

Baxter Troutman REP 0 (0%)


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