Local entrepreneur throws his hat into the Mayor's race.
Online PR News – 03-May-2020 – Palm Coast, Florida – PALM COAST — Local businessman and entrepreneur Michael (Mike) Schottey has filed to run for the Office of Mayor of the City of Palm Coast.
“I love Palm Coast,” Mike said. “That love for this city led me to want to make this City an even better place than it is today. People have been asking me to run for office for years now, and this is the right time for that to happen.”
Mike is the owner of Nova Digital Marketing and Consulting here in Palm Coast and works with small businesses on everything from traditional and digital marketing to branding, content creation, networking and more. He’s also Vice President of the board of Mad Dogs Flag Football of Palm Coast, a local youth sports league which has served hundreds of kids since its inception. He also briefly worked for the City of Palm Coast as Communications Officer.
Although his platform is growing daily, Mike lists these main points as his areas of emphasis:
1. FIRST RESPONDERS — “We need to make sure that the men and women of the Palm Coast Fire Department have absolutely everything they need not only when they head to work but also when they come home to their families. In addition, we need to work closely with Sheriff Staly and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office to ensure that he has the manpower he needs and that our citizens are protected.”
2. BUSINESS FRIENDLY CITY — “Entrepreneurs and investors need to know that Palm Coast is open for business. That means clearing out the hurdles of red tape, opening back up the Business Assistance Center and fully staffing the City with the economic-focused personnel we are supposed to have.”
3. BETTER PARTNERSHIPS — “I’m a firm believer in the Harry S. Truman quote, ‘It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.’ Palm Coast has made strides over the last decade, but we would be lightyears ahead of where we are now if we truly worked hand-in-hand with the County, fellow municipalities and other local stakeholders.”
4. MENTAL HEALTH and COMMUNITY HEALTH — When I worked for the City, I was the point person to attend meetings with local mental health groups, but was often told by City leadership that there really isn’t anything we can do. I fully reject that notion, and will work with local health leaders to make sure that our citizens can lead full, healthy and happy lives.
5. RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT — Palm Coast will spend the next decade growing at a rate faster than many of us might be comfortable with. Because of that, we need to be planning today for what our City should look like in 50 years. We absolutely cannot have a “Not in My Backyard” mentality, but we also shouldn’t be applying decades old codes and sentiments to an ever-changing landscape.
Mike was raised in Michigan and earned his B.A. from Martin Luther College in Liberal Arts Studies. Although he originally intended to continue on to Seminary and pursue a life as a minister, he became a journalist and business owner. He is currently attending Park University, seeking his Masters of Public Administration. Michael’s wife, Stacey is a kindergarten teacher at Christ the King School in Palm Coast. They have two young sons, Joshua and Silas.
For more information, please go to Schottey2020.com or Facebook.com/Schottey2020.