Original Article: https://daytonatimes.com/2019/07/06/giscombe-forms-committee-to-explore-commission-seat/

A recent media release announced that entrepreneur Leslie Giscombe has formed an exploratory committee to evaluate opportunities to serve on the Flagler County Board of Commissioners as District 1 representative.

The district, encompassing the core sections of Palm Coast surrounding the city’s innovation district, will have an open seat upon the retirement of Flagler County Commissioner Charlie Ericksen in 2020.

Giscombe, a 28-year Palm Coast resident, has been a registered Republican for over two decades.

In making his announcement, Giscombe said, “I am not new to the Republican party. I have been an active, registered Republican for over 20 years with deep roots in Flagler County.

“My wife and I have lived here for nearly 30 years, raising our family in this community, and watching our children grow up in the Flagler County school system,” Giscombe added.

He also advised that during the exploratory committee process, he will meet with voters, community organizations, community and business leaders, church leaders, and elected officials to gain a better understanding of what is important, their priorities and expectations of the next District 1 County Commissioner.



Leslie Giscombe has formed a committee to evaluate the opportunities of serving on the Flagler County Board of Commissioners.


A small business owner, Giscombe is the founder and CEO of the African American Entrepreneurs Association (AAEA) with branches in Palm Coast, Daytona Beach and Gainesville.

Giscombe and his organization speak of being active in the community and dedicated to making a positive impact for residents and businesses.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Florida and an MBA in International Business from Florida Tech.

Daytona State College and the University of Central Florida donated the space of their auditorium and the conference room to the AAEA.


Another AAEA release announces that Daytona State College (DSC) and the University of Central Florida (UCF) have partnered with the AAEA, donating the space of their auditorium for monthly workshops and a conference room for weekly consultations with local AAEA members.

Present were over 85 individuals, including Daytona Beach City Commissioners Quanita May and Paula R. Reed; Brad Harris, director, Division of Economic Development; Joanne Flick, officer, Volusia County Minority Compliance; Parker Van Hart, director, University of Florida, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program; Laqutta McGill, vice president, VyStar Credit Union; Thaddeus Hammond, specialist, SBA Business Development; Michael Zachario, director, Florida Virtual Campus; Dr. Sheryl Weems, DSC; and Dr. Linda Bradley, UCF; as well as other officials.

The AAEA looks forward to working together and helping the underserved community in the area of entrepreneurship.

For further details, call 386931-4637.

Here’s a shot of Motown & Mo’s 2016 finale.


According to Meshella Woods, Rhythm and Blues and the sounds of Motown will return to the main stage of Flagler Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m.

“Journey Through Time,” directed by Jimmy Sims, president of City Lites LLC, will be featured in its 22nd year. The music has inspired generations of youth to fall in love with the sounds of the Detroit artists.

Sims says that this year, the show will be more vibrant than ever. “It’s gonna be very hot.

“We’re going to provide you with a “Journey Through Time,” to bring back memories with upbeat music. We have a variety of music,” he added.

“This year’s show is going to be the best $25 you have ever spent,” said Sims.

Groups of 10 persons will be admitted for $20 each.

The ticket sales will go toward scholarships for local graduating high school students to pursue the arts in college.

For ticket information, call 386437-7547.

As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.


Birthday wishes to Vinnie Carr, July 4; William Jones, July 8; and Yolaine Goodridge July 9.