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Municipal candidates - Port Orange
Rating: 3 / 5 (1 votes)  
Posted: 2014 Aug 15 - 06:12

For the Aug. 26 election, Hometown News is publishing information on each candidate for seats that have challengers.

Unopposed candidates are simply listed.

For more election information, the League of Women Voters of Volusia County has Q&As available for each contested nonpartisan countywide, municipal and local judicial races.

Seventy-six candidates responded to specific questions relating to the offices sought and areas to be represented.

Responses are posted on the website exactly as received, with no editing of content by LWVVC.

To view the questions and candidates' responses visit lwvvc.org/elections2014.html.

Port Orange City Council District 1

Robert "Bob" Ford, 70, incumbent, is a 28-year resident of Port Orange.

Mr. Ford was Port Orange Police Chief for nearly 14 years.

He retired from the police department and now teaches at the University of Central Florida. He earned a Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Illinois. He also is a graduate of the FBI's National Academy. 

Mr. Ford and his wife, Marilyn Chandler Ford, just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

Sonya Laney, 41, lives in the Harbor Oaks neighborhood and is a certified public accountant, business owner and instructor.

She volunteers on the Port Orange Budget Advisory Committee, Pension Board, Planning Commission and Redistricting Committee.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in accountancy.

Jim Meadows, 59, is a former city councilman and lives in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood. He was in sales most of his life and currently works with his son's business, Elliot Meadows Certified Contractors, as job superintendent.

He has served on the city's redistricting, charter review and environmental boards. He has worked with the Police Athletic League for 23 years, has a been a liaison for the city with Cypresshead Golf Club and is president of his homeowners' association.

He served in the U.S. Army Airborne Division and in the Merchant Marines.

He has been married for 30 years and has lived in Port Orange for more than 25 years.

Port Orange City Council District 4

John Anthony Junco, 51, lives in the Hamlet neighborhood and is a general contractor and owner of New Horizon Construction.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy.

He is serving a second term on the City Planning Commission and on the board of Port Orange Family Days. He was on the adjunct faculty at Daytona State College and served on State Housing Initiatives Partnership Advisory Board, the construction regulation board and the redistricting board.

He is a Unit Commissioner for Boy Scouts of America Three Rivers District and served on theEagle Board for Boy Scouts.

Larry McKinney, 50, lives in the Ashton Lakes neighborhood. He has served on a governor's advisory councils and lobbied local, state, and federal officials in a 27-year chambers of commerce career. He has worked directly for Mayors and County Commissioners as Executive Director of development authorities and convention and visitors bureaus. 

He earned a master's degree in international business from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Augusta State University.

He led chambers of commerce in Florida and Georgia for 27 years. He now operates Midnight Daytona, which helps businesses generate sustainable, profitable revenue growth.

Scott Stiltner, 44, has lived in Port Orange for more 23 years lives with his wife of 21 years and two teenaged children in the Waters Edge neighborhood.

He graduated from Seabreeze High School and earned an associate of degree from Daytona State College.  Also, he has earned more than 400 hours of advanced level Law enforcement certifications and four high liability instructor certifications from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

He retired from the Port Orange Police Department as a patrol division lieutenant after 22 years in law enforcement. He also has served as a DSC adjunct instructor in the criminal justice department.  

He has been a volunteer coach in youth athletics in Port Orange for eight years and was chaplain for the Spruce Creek High School football team via the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization. He helped develop the football booster program was president in 2012-13.  

Newton D. "Skip" White, 49, lives in the Hidden Oaks neighborhood and is a graduate of Warner Christian Academy and Daytona State Collage.

He has worked and managed in manufacturing, property development and maintenance, food service, and has more than 30 years with Publix Supermarkets.

He has volunteered for a wide range of causes from homeless ministry to charitable fund raising organizations. He serves on two city boards.

Port Orange City Council District 2

Incumbent and Vice Mayor Don Burnette is unopposed.

The cities of Daytona Beach Shores and South Daytona, and town of Ponce Inlet do not have anything on the Aug. 26 ballot.

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