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2022 Election

Third Time’s a Charm? Alan Lowe Files to Run for City Council

Lowe (middle) would join Councilman Ed Danko (left) and succeed Councilman Victor Barbosa (right). ⓒ Stephen Helfrich

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again; Alan Lowe isn’t shying away from the relevance that saying has to his life right now. As of today, Lowe is officially entering his third campaign for local office since the start of 2020. After two bids for Palm Coast Mayor came up short, the handyman and SCUBA instructor is now vying for a seat on the City Council.

To be clear, the Mayor of Palm Coast doesn’t have much in the way of additional powers compared to the other Council members. While the Mayor is viewed as a de facto leader for the city and an ambassador, they share the same power during business meetings: one vote out of five. The Mayor is also in charge of running business and workshop meetings, where it pertains to moving through procedure and maintaining decorum. They have to pass the gavel to someone else on the dais if they wish to make a motion.

Lowe (center) with Doug Courtney and Cornelia Manfre at a News-Journal mayoral election forum over the summer. ⓒ AskFlagler

Though Lowe didn’t end up getting the mayorship in either his 2020 or 2021 campaigns, he certainly built up a loyal following. The first bid ended with a narrow loss to Milissa Holland (a 5.1% margin, fewer than 3,000 votes), and the second saw similar enthusiasm but another loss – Lowe placed runner-up to David Alfin, just under ten percentage points or 1,800 votes back.

2022 will be the first regular election for the City Council’s seat since 2018. The previous winner was Jack Howell, who resigned due to health concerns and was succeeded in the interim by Jon Netts, Palm Coast’s now-departed former Mayor. A special election saw Victor Barbosa defeat Bob Coffman, David Alfin, and Dennis McDonald to serve out the remainder of Howell’s four-year term.

Barbosa will not be running for re-election to the City Council, instead issuing a primary challenge to Joe Mullins for the Board of County Commissioners. The seat will have no incumbent candidate on next year’s ballot.

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As of now, the seat is also pursued by Sims Jones, a retired firefighter and local pastor who faced Councilman Ed Danko in the 2020 District 1 election. Jones has stayed active speaking at local community events and government meetings since his previous campaign came to a close.

For those who’ve checked up with the Supervisor of Elections website, Lowe’s name will not be a new one in the District 2 election box. Lowe already declared a campaign for the seat once after his 2020 campaign, but withdrew to run for Mayor again when Milissa Holland resigned unexpectedly. On paper, this will be a re-activation of that campaign moreso than the beginning of a fresh one.

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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.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. TR

    December 8, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Maybe if Mr. Lowe looses this time he should relies that it was not meant to be for him to hold an office in small Government. JMO.

    • Tom H

      December 8, 2021 at 6:38 pm

      Well hell must be freezing over TR cause you were actually right about something today

  2. Joseph Shabotz

    December 11, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    How stupid is this guy?

    More importantly how stupid does he think we are!!?

    Mr Lowe has failed at everything he has ever attempted long before running for office and losing every time.

    Go read all of the press he got since he started:
    Three failed marriages. Never his fault.
    Five failed companies. Ruined his partners finances and he just walked away.
    Failed to graduated college. Represented himself as a Marine Biologist to investors.
    Failed to pay his fair share of taxes.
    Failed to pay any taxes.
    Failed running his personal finances: Bankruptcy.
    Fraud charges from IRS. Guilty on all counts.
    Convicted for grand larceny. Prison time in the Caribbean, failed to escape.

    Never voted in an election until he was 59 yrs.
    Never voted in an election until he was on the ballot.

    His claim is that he is beholden to no one
    because he has always been self employed. That is not the heart of a servant but of a tyrant. How can he serve his community if he is proud to ignore everyone and do whatever he wants?

    Oh, and best of all… he declared himself a non-US citizen!! In his press photos he waives the flag of freedom that he rejected. Mind you this wasn’t a protest of war or policies but because he doesn’t want to pay taxes. Any taxes.

    Let that sink in a bit, because he claims to represent US… you and me.

    I don’t care if you are a republican or a democrat because Alan certainly doesn’t care either, he will look you in the eye and lie with a smile. Whatever you want to hear he will say it to your face, just as long as it’s just a private conversation.

    He will bite the hand that feeds him 100%

  3. Don Green

    December 31, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    That is certainly a scary notion, how can someone like this get elected?

  4. Jack MeHoff

    January 11, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Typical politician talking out of both sides of his head.
    I spoke to Alan on two different occasions and he changed his tune 180 degrees when I told him I was against the tea party. “They haven’t got the right path”. When I claimed to be an original tea party guy… “Me too! They have the only plan that makes sense”

    Really!!? Imagine that 🙄

  5. Frank W

    June 21, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Alan Lowe is a sovereign citizen. His refusal to pay taxes and vote in elections are typical of sovereign citizens and disqualify him from hold ANY elected office.

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