Palm Coast Vice Mayor Ed Danko has filed to run for the District 5 Flagler County Commission seat.
“We need better-paying jobs, and to get them we need to attract more business and industry to Flagler," Danko said, according to a news release from his campaign. "To accomplish this, we need strong conservative American values, common sense, hard work, and honesty. Friends, I will always be that honest voice for Flagler.”
Danko is a Republican. The District 5 commission seat is held by Republican Donald O'Brien, who is running for the District 19 House of Representatives seat in 2024 rather than for reelection.
No other candidates have yet filed for the seat. But George Hanns, who held the District 5 County Commission seat for 24 years and was the county's longest-serving commissioner, has announced his intention to run for the seat in 2024. Hanns, who previously served as a Democrat, said he would run for the seat as a Republican.
Danko said in the news release that he had pledged not to vote to raise residents' taxes and had kept that pledge as a Palm Coast city councilman.
The news release also credited Danko with stopping the City Council from endorsing the County Commission's proposed half-cent sales tax increase, which Danko had vocally opposed when the proposal came to the City Council in 2021.
He noted that he had brought up for a vote a proposal to hold an invocation at the beginning of City Council meetings. The council ultimately decided to extend its moment of silence rather than instituting an invocation; Danko said in his news release that in doing so, "The other council members turned their backs on God."
Danko also said he had "put a halt to the city’s WOKE agenda survey questions" by requiring that the council approve survey questions before they're released to the public. Danko had opposed a question that asked survey takers which gender they identify as.
“The WOKE agenda is creating a world where our children are taught to question the very foundation of reality," he said. "I will fight to keep this liberal brainwashing away from our children and out of Flagler County.”
Danko is also the public relations director of the Flagler Republican Trump Assembly.