Cathy Heighter, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview – FlaglerLive.com | Mobiz World

Cathy Heighter is a Palm Coast, District 4 City Council candidate running for a vacancy. She meets Fernando Melendez. Heighter chose not to participate in the live interview.

The Melendez-Heighter race is not a runoff. Since only two candidates qualified for this race, this choice was not in the first ballot.

The District 4 seat is currently held by Eddie Branquinho, who has opted not to run for re-election. Palm Coast voters will also cast their ballots in the District 2 race, also for an open seat, ending the tenure of Victor Barbosa, who resigned earlier this year. This race features Theresa Carli Pontieri and Alan Lowe who are in a runoff after being the top two voters in a field of four in the primary. They will only serve two years before the seat becomes vacant again.

Here is the sample ballot paper for the federal election.

This is a bipartisan, general election. This means that all registered voters in Palm Coast, regardless of party or non-party affiliation — Democrat, Republican, Independent, and others — can cast a ballot in the Palm Coast Municipal Council election, although the district winner is said to represent that particular district.

In the 2018 election, the entire Council had turned around in just four years. With the 2022 election, three more seats, including that of mayor, will be re-carried, making Nick Klufas the longest-serving councilor and the only councilor to win re-election.

Palm Coast Council members serve four years. By November, they were to be paid $9,600 a year, $11,400 for the mayor, not including a monthly “telecoms” allowance. In April, the council voted for a 151 percent increase. Beginning with the first paycheck after the Nov. 8 election, council members will receive $24,097 plus health benefits (not included in the 151 percent calculation), plus the telecom allowance of $910 per year, plus an auto allowance of $1,196 -dollars per year. for total compensation of $26,203 per year plus a 2.5 percent increase per year.

FlaglerLive submitted identical questions to all candidates, with the understanding that additional questions may be individually tailored to candidates and some follow-up questions may be asked, with all exchanges being logged. Interviews with candidates who took part in the primary ran in July. The goal of the live interview is to create as much openness and transparency as possible. We asked candidates not to make campaign speeches or create lists of achievements. We also asked candidates to adequately document any claims or allegations. Undocumented claims are excised. Responses are also edited for length, redundancy, relevance and, where possible, accuracy. If a candidate does not answer a question or appears to avoid a question, this is noted.

But ultimately it is up to the reader to judge the quality and sincerity of a candidate’s answers.

Agree: View a sample ballot here. Early voting will take place between October 24th and November 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at four locations in the district listed here. You can vote early at any of the four locations, regardless of your voting district. To vote by post, request your postal vote here. Due to the legislature’s new law restricting the convenience of voting, mailboxes are available, but only to a limited extent. The ballot box in the election office is monitored by an employee from 60 days before the election until election day. This Dropbox is no longer available outside of office hours and weekends, except during the early voting period. Other drop boxes will be available in early voting locations, but only during early voting days and only during voting times. Postal voting documents must be received by the election office by 7:00 p.m. on election day so that they can be counted. If you are returning your ballot by mail, please allow at least ten days for delivery. A postmark does not extend this period. You can track your vote here. All other questions about the election process can be answered on the website of the electoral office.

The questions in summary: Quick links

The Basics: Cathy Heighter/strong>

Place and date of birth: October 3, 1955. Place of birth not disclosed.
Current job: Estate agents.
party affiliation: republican
Financial Disclosures: See it here.
Continue: Not revealed.
website:

Note: Names will be associated with the respective interviews when the interviews are published, or re-published and updated from the preliminary round.


1. What qualifies you to be a City Council Member? How did you specifically prepare to be successful from day one? Tell us about yourself as a person: your personality, your temperament, your weaknesses: What character flaw do you bring to the Council? Among Flagler County elected officials, who do you most admire in office today—the person you would consider a model of leadership? Who in the world (besides Flagler) and among the living do you consider a role model for political or intellectual leadership?

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

2. What is within the power of Council members and what is not? What is your understanding of when and how, if at all, you may direct or exercise in any way any powers over administrative personnel other than the City Manager and City Attorney? How would you handle a perceived or real problem involving a city employee, manager (not the city manager), or director?

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

3. How would you describe your leadership method and philosophy: how do you (or will you) prepare for each council meeting and workshop, what is your analytical method, topic by topic, and what drives your decision-making? What role do politics, ideology or unshakeable principles play in your decision-making?

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

4. List three issues or concerns that you think the city is addressing poorly or not at all, and how you plan to persuade the council to change course.

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

5. Candidates and council members hear the phrase “needs, not wants” from many voters, usually as a criticism of a particular proposal to spend money on a project that the speaker considers “want.” Please give two or three examples of what you consider to be “needs” and how you would address them as a Council member, and two or three examples of “wants” that you feel are important enough to justify the expenditure required.

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

6. The city’s budget, like all local government budgets, is likely to face revenue shortfalls in an anticipated recession. How will you make up for the lost revenue? What is your stance on property tax increases, including adopting non-reversible tax rates (which is equivalent to a tax increase under Florida law)? Lack of new revenue streams and if you intend to hold on to a reduced tax rate that nearly limits any budget growth, what city programs would you eliminate and what service levels would you reduce to achieve this?

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

7. The city’s golf course, tennis center and pool serve only a fraction of the people and all charge but are heavily subsidized by general fund dollars, are in constant need of expensive maintenance and, as in the case of the tennis center, are in the midst of lush expansion. Do you support these amenities? How are you going to offset tax dollars on pools, tennis, golf, or cucumber ball when so many people aren’t using those facilities?

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

8. Palm Coast’s population has grown by over 30 percent in the last decade and a half. A degree of NIMBYism – not in my backyard – is a recurring theme from existing residents resisting further development, and not just apartment complexes. Do existing residents have a right to close the development gates behind them if Palm Coast, as ITT envisioned in the late 1960’s, was planned for 600,000 residents? How do you define overdevelopment and how do you define smart growth using existing examples in the city? What percentage of our housing stock should be single-family homes versus condos?

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

9. With the May 2022 Flagler Realtors Association report showing average home prices of $400,000 up from $294,000 a year ago, the city is facing a shortage of affordable housing. How do you propose to diversify Palm Coast’s housing options? According to which criteria would you approve or reject housing developments? Would you support increasing the density and height of multi-family or apartment buildings in selected areas of the city that are designated for this purpose?

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

10. Palm Coast’s saltwater canals may need dredging. This has never happened in the 50 years of the city and its ITT predecessors. But the canals — like the leisure facilities mentioned above — are limited to a few neighborhoods. If and when it does, who should pay for the dredging and through what tax mechanism?

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

11. Rate City Manager Denise Bevan’s leadership style and effectiveness. Where does she shine? How can she improve?

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

12. Palm Coast relies on the sheriff for policing. Rate this relationship. Do you think the large expansion of the Palm Coast’s police force (and budget) is justified in an era of low crime? Do you support an independent police agency for the city now or in the near future?

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

13. Have you ever been charged with a felony or misdemeanor (other than a speeding ticket) anywhere in Flagler, Florida or the United States, or have you faced any civil action other than divorce, including bankruptcy, or have you been the subject of an investigation – or face disciplinary action? Measures by a professional body such as the Bar Association or a Medical Association? Have you ever been demoted? If so, please explain, including where charges or claims did not result in a conviction or disciplinary action.

Cathy Heighter didn’t answer the question.

See how Fernando Melendez responded.

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