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Commissioner Andy Dance Files for Re-Election; No Challengers Yet

Dance at the 2023 Fourth of July Parade in Flagler Beach. ⓒ AskFlagler

PALM COAST – Flagler County Commissioner Andy Dance has officially filed to seek a second term in his seat, according to the Supervisor of Elections website. One of Flagler County’s most experienced elected officials, Dance has held office almost completely without interruption since he was first elected to the Flagler School Board in 2008. If he serves another full term, he’ll be a 20-year veteran of public office in Flagler County.

Dance’s first campaign for the County Commission came in 2020 after he resigned from his School Board seat halfway through a term, to the surprise of some of his colleagues. Colleen Conklin in particular was saddened by Dance’s departure, having served with him at that point for pushing twelve years. The remainder of his term was filled out by Jill Woolbright, one of the Board’s most outspoken recent members who was subsequently bested by challenger Sally Hunt in 2022.

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Dance ran for the District 1 seat on the County Commission as a Republican following the decision by the late Charlie Ericksen not to pursue another term. Whereas on the School Board he often ran without opposition, he went up against Corinne Hermle in 2020. Hermle, a Democrat who’s also run for Palm Coast City Council, fell well short of Dance in the general election. As of now he is the only filed candidate for his seat in next year’s election.

The manner with which Dance has executed his job on the County Commission has been in some ways similar to how he was on the School Board: measured, moderate, and analytical. Likely the most noteworthy moment of his first term came in March last year, when Dance was the only commissioner who emphatically supported raising the county’s impact fees to pay for improvements to the school district. With all four other commissioners almost searching for reasons to stymie a significant increase, Dance’s preparedness and articulateness gave his colleagues little cover to hold out on voting for the increase. It passed unanimously.

Overall, Dance is the sixth candidate to file for one County Commission seat or another. He joins District 3 candidates Kim Carney, William H. Clark, and Tom Hutson, as well as District 5 candidates Victor Barbosa and Ed Danko. Sitting Palm Coast City Council member Nick Klufas is also expected to file for District 3.

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Chris Gollon is a Flagler County resident since 2004, as well as a staple of the local independent music scene and avid observer of Central Florida politics, arts, and recreation.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. TR

    August 17, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    Mr. Dance is probably the only council member on any seat in the county that does for the residence of the county. I predict he will win hands down.

  2. Gina Weiss

    August 22, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    He’s tone deaf , votes on irresponsible development it’s all optics for him on the county seat, does not give Pennington any support, he needs to go.

  3. palmcoaster

    August 22, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    He does not reply to constituents emails. I am one of them. He is a rubber stamp for developers and the airport flight schools nuisance to the Palm Coast residents specially those close to the airport in Seminole Woods and Quail Hollow. He played always too important to answer my questions including in county traffic speeder tragedy that killed a teen meeting. Also his wife works for the county and looks like conflict of interest to me…

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