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Ken Ali: Newcomer says money is the issue
Political newcomer Ken Ali is concerned about Volusia County's tax rates. "We have the second highest millage rate in the state, out of 67 counties," he said. "The gas tax is as high as is allowable. We have debt on the Ocean Center (in Daytona Beach). What are (Volusia County Council members) doing? I c...
Nancy Epps: Former Ponce Inlet mayor runs for County Council again
VOLUSIA COUNTY - Nancy Epps said she's never let defeat get her down. A loss in her first bid for the Volusia County Council in 2008 by a difference of less than one percent motivated her to try again. "I wouldn't (run) if I didn't feel pretty good about it (my chances of winning)," she said. "I have a lot o...
Joshua Wagner: Incumbent wants to go another round
Joshua Wagner's filled the Volusia County Council District 2 seat since 2009, and he hopes voters will give him a second term this year. "I've managed to accomplish a lot of things," he said. "I have a knowledge base now that's incredible, and I'd like to use it to accomplish more things." Mr. Wagner sai...
James Hathaway: Former city councilman seeks county seat
James "Jim" Hathaway has been on the New Smyrna Beach City Commission since 1994. He wants to represent southeast Volusia on the county council now. "I believe I can bring a lot of experience to the Volusia County Council," he said. "I think I've done a good job in New Smyrna Beach, and I think I can tak...
Doug Daniels: Attorney running for County District 4
While Doug Daniels has never held an elected office, he's helped shape Volusia County. The Daytona Beach attorney helped write the most recent County Charter amendments. Mr. Daniels is now running for the Volusia County Council District 4 seat, central east Volusia. He said, if elected, he'll use the cou...
Pat Northey: Veteran councilor wants to keep her seat
Pat Northey has been the District 5 Volusia County Council member since 2007, and she's asking voters to keep her in the seat. She said experience is important to keep on the council as the continuing housing-value bust keeps the county's budget heading downward. "It's real easy to say, 'Let's cut taxes,...
Stony Sixma: Businessman/musician running for County Council
Stony Sixma is a familiar name to most West Volusians. Folks know his name because of his window tinting business, or because of his real estate business. If they don't know him because of either of those, they do because he's a published musician who plays at area venues. Now Mr. Sixma wants folks to kn...
Michael Carmolingo: Incumbent fights to keep leading Deltona's District 6
DELTONA - Michael Carmolingo knows the voters must be talking about it, how his chair on the Deltona City Commission has been vacant in recent months due to a dangerous spell of gout in his ankles that had him on his back for three months. But the 76-year-old retired trucking terminal supervisor said h...
Michael Wycuff: Pastoral administrator turns focus from faith to Deltona
DELTONA - Since 1985, Michael Wycuff has devoted his life to the mission in whatever church he was helping to establish. In the Aug. 14 primary, he wants to win the job of serving Deltona's District 6 by upsetting incumbent Commissioner Michael Carmolingo and two other challengers - marketing consultan...
Big John
It took a judge's ruling for Big John to enter the race for mayor of Holly Hill. Now he vows to change the culture at city hall if he wins. Mr. John took the city to court when City Clerk Valerie Manning refused to qualify his candidacy because of a campaign finance technicality. "I appointed myself treasurer and ...
Roy Johnson: Mayor running for second term
Roy Johnson wants to finish what he started, so he's running for a second two-year term as mayor of Holly Hill. "I promised to try to straighten out Holly Hill and run it like a business and bring in more businesses and revenue," Mr. Johnson said in a recent interview. "It's doing pretty good." He's proud the city...
Roland Via: Former mayor trying again
Roland Via has been out of city government since 2010, when he lost the Hilly Hill mayor's in a runoff with Roy Johnson. But Mr. Via said he's trying to take back the seat because he wants "to bring government back to the people." "Many citizens and businesses came to me because of their concern in seeing how tax ...
Dale Heuermann: Candidate says he'll think outside the box
DAYTONA BEACH - Dale Heuermann said city leaders have great ideas to improve the community - they just aren't implementing them. His wish to materialize something out of those ideas was what motivated him to run for the City Commission. "I have critical thinking that allows me to think logically and outside ...
Carl Lentz IV: Broker, board member wants expanded economic opportunity
Carl Lentz IV said his knowledge of and involvement in the community has opened him up to the challenges facing the city. "Undoubtedly, I have the best knowledge of the issues facing the city," he said. "I have the most energy and enthusiasm ... and I have the most background, experience and education to dea...
Ruth Trager: Longtime resident, businesswoman and volunteer seeks council seat
DAYTONA BEACH - Ruth Trager has called Daytona Beach her home almost all of her life. Now she wants to make a positive difference in her home. She's running for the Zone 1 city commission seat against broker Carl Lentz IV and real estate agent Dale Heuermann. Ms. Trager ran for the seat in 2010 but lost to E...
Dr. Al Williams: School board chairman running to keep his District 2 seat
Dr. Al Williams wants what most people these days want - jobs. He wants teachers and other Volusia County School Board staff to keep their jobs, and he wants future job opportunities for all students. The Volusia County School Board chairman will face political newcomer, Ida "Lucy Duncan" Wright in the Aug. 14 pr...
Newcomer Ida Wright seeks District 2 seat, change for Volusia County schools
Ida "Lucy Duncan" Wright said she's a mother first. And that's why she's challenging incumbent Dr. Al Williams for his long-held Volusia County School Board District 2 seat on Aug. 14. "I'm running because I'm a parent," Ms. Wright said in a telephone interview. "Members of the school board are parents, but none ...
Judy Conte wants to retain school board, District 4 seat
Judy Conte still loves being a member of the Volusia County School Board. She's held the District 4 seat for two decades and she's not ready to give it up yet. The last time she faced opposition for her seat, she swept the vote by 62 percent. Prior to that, she'd gone unchallenged for 12 years. On Aug. 14 Ms. Con...
Linda Costello seeks District 4 school board seat and page out of St. Johns County's book
Linda Costello followed a path rather than a plan when she went back to school and wound up with a master's degree in social work. Life has taught her that paths lead to plans, and not the other way around. Another path led to home- schooling and caring for her granddaughter, Skylar, who at 6 years old was in a n...
Walter Fordham talks change for Volusia schools
Walter Fordham has spent a lot of time in Volusia County schools, starting in kindergarten. Dr. Fordham said "firm resolve, tenacity and persistence" plunged him into the Volusia County School Board race for the third time. The first two attempts were for the District 2 seat. This time, as a result of last year's...
Charles King offers business sense, classroom experience to Volusia County School Board
Charles King is one of four candidates vying for the Volusia School Board, District 4 seat. He has taught geometry and science in Daytona Beach and Deltona since retiring from his job as a senior executive in the telecommunications field six years ago. Mr. King said he was baffled by his company's struggle to fin...
City councilman now seeking county seat
VOLUSIA COUNTY - Justin Kennedy was elected to the Edgewater City Council in 2010, and he wants to represent Southeast Volusia on the County Council. "I like the Edgewater council," he said. "I enjoy being on it. (Running for the County Council) seems like the right thing to do. The city is in as good a ...
Political novice throws hat in ring for County Council
VOLUSIA - A political newcomer, Shannon McLeish hopes to fill the District 4 Volusia County Council seat. She said she's not a polished professional politician. "I'm concerned for my family and my community," she said. "I'm not a politician and have a deep seated fear of speaking in public." Ms. McLeish,...

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