Hunt says she will resign by November, setting up an appointment by Gov. DeSantis

Flagler County School Board member Sally Hunt indicated that she decided against resigning in time to hold an election for her seat.

School Board member Sally Hunt. File photo by Brent Woronoff
School Board member Sally Hunt. File photo by Brent Woronoff
Photo by Brent Woronoff
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Flagler County School Board member Sally Hunt has said on several occasions that she and her family will be moving out of the county, and she won’t be finishing her term, which ends in November 2026.

At the June 4 agenda workshop, she was more specific. Hunt said she won’t be on the board by November, which likely means Gov. Ron DeSantis will appoint a new board member to complete her term.

According to Florida statute 114.04, the governor shall fill by appointment any vacancy of an elected official other than state legislators if there is less than 28 months remaining in the term.

Hunt currently has about 29 months remaining in her term. The filing deadline for candidates running in the School Board primary is June 14.

She nonchalantly brought up her resignation during a discussion about board member requests.

“We’re about to have three new board members,” Hunt said.

Colleen Conklin and Cheryl Massaro are retiring this year, but the other three board member terms all end in 2026.

“Are you definitely resigning, Sally?” Conklin interrupted.

“Oh yeah,” Hunt replied.

“When is that?” Conklin asked.

“That is when I’m able to,” Hunt said. “But I will not be here in November.”

“The reason I guess I’m surprised,” Conklin responded, “is I didn’t believe that was the case because there could have been an election for that third seat.”

“Right,” said Hunt. “I did consider that.”

Conklin let out a “whew,” and added, “OK.”

Massaro, away from her mic so it was barely audible, said, “Now there will be an appointment.”


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