Cathy Heighter was elected to the District 4 seat of the Palm Coast City Council in November 2022. She took the oath of office on December 6, 2022.
With a life story that underscores her conviction ‘Here to Serve’, Cathy Heighter will continue her pursuit of service to others as a newly elected Palm Coast City Council Member, representing District #4. The years have shown her many challenges and she’s met them selflessly.
Cathy spent much of her early life in New York, first receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She proudly served the needs of several Long Island communities, owning a construction company, two hair salons, an art gallery, and a gift shop.
When she learned in 2003 that her beloved son, Pfc. Raheen Tyson Heighter was killed in Iraq, Cathy’s life suddenly twisted to more military altruism. She became an advocate/fund-raiser for military families. She organized the Suffolk County Forum Scholarship Fund as ‘Raheen’s Legacy’ to award college scholarships to graduating students. She worked with Congress to officially pass a bill to increase the death benefit to military families who lost loved ones while defending their country.
An honorable list of designations follows Cathy everywhere, including Certified Florida Military Specialist; Third Vice President of Volusia County Veterans Council; Honorary Co-Chair and Spokesperson for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund; Founder of Remembering Vets, Inc. Remembering HEROES (a charitable organization committed to supporting the needs of veterans of all eras through a variety of programs and services). Her Gold Star Mother distinction identifies her true commitment to others.
Moving to Palm Coast seventeen years ago to be close to family in Florida, Cathy continued her quest for service by working with Disabled American Veterans of Flagler Beach to collect food and funds for Christmas drives for the local military. She is also a proud member of the Homeless Veteran Stand Down of Flagler and Volusia Counties. As a local realtor for twelve years, she feels blessed to be able to share her love and pride for Palm Coast with clients searching our City for their own piece of paradise.
Cathy considers her new position on the Palm Coast City Council to be an extension of her service to others. She wants her constituents to know that she will be a steadfast voice for them to help make Palm Coast one of the greatest cities in which to live.