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Municipal candidates - Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, and Holly Hill
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Posted: 2014 Aug 15 - 06:13

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.

Daytona Beach City Commission Zone 1

Carl W. Lentz IV, 38, the incumbent, is a commercial real estate broker with Realty Pros Assured.

He was elected to his current seat in 2012 and also served on the Daytona Beach Economic Development Advisory Board for five years.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida.

Ruth Trager is a businesswoman who has worked with Kressman's Repairs and other businesses for many years and has been a two-time candidate for city commission.

A resident of Daytona Beach for more than 63 years and a resident of Zone 1 for 55 years, she is a graduate of Seabreeze High School and Orlando Junior College, and an active community volunteer. She has served on the city's Economic Development Advisory Board, Community Development Advisory Board, Keep Daytona Beach Beautiful Advisory Board (and was named Member of the Year) and Bike Week Task Force.

She also volunteered with the Girl Scouts, was a PTA leader and is president of the Volusia Anthropological Society and past president of the Halifax Historical Museum.

Andrew Moore is a retired educator who worked as Daytona Beach Community College Coordinator of Adult Education as well as an English teacher for Volusia County and a Title 1 Parent Education Facilitator.

He has been a resident of Volusia County for 52 years and both his parents served as Daytona Beach city commissioners. Mr. Moore served as campaign manager and treasurer for both his parents' campaigns.

He has been active in the community throughout his life, serving as a member of the board of the Chiles Academy, the Volusia Literacy Council and the Peabody Advisory Board. He is chairman of the board of trustees for Mt. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.

He also was vice chairman of the Community Foundation of East Central Florida, chairman of the WIT-NESS Program for Abused Women, and volunteered for 10 years as a Police Athletic League baseball coach.

A graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, he went on to pursue graduate studies at both Stetson University and the University of Central Florida.

Holly Hill Mayor

John Penny, owner of an Allstate Insurance Agency for 15 years, has been a resident of Holly Hill for 22 years.

Mr. Penny served on the city's Economic Development Advisory Board and has been a City Commissioner since 2005. Since 2013, he's served as vice mayor.

Chris Via is the youngest candidate and, if elected will be the youngest mayor in the state. He graduated from Seabreeze High School and attends Daytona State College.

He owns and operates a digital advertising business, a sign company and an independent record label.

He is the son of a former mayor of the city and attended city government meetings with his father as a teenager. He's continued to attend meetings and take an active interest in city government and issues since.

Eddie Colosimo is the founder and president of Bikers for First Amendment Rights and Americans for the Constitution, both non-profit community service organizations.

He has lived in Holly Hill for a year and a half. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mr. Colosimo was among the original organizers of Biketoberfest, founded Hogs on the Hill and was one of the founders of the Holly Hill Bike Week Parade. He and his group are often involved in fundraisers for local needs, including raising $15,000 for the Tracy Dillon Mammogram Foundation, which helps women who can't afford breast cancer testing get the required tests.

Holly Hill, District 1

Arthur Byrnes has been a resident of Holly Hill for 36 years.

He is a computer engineer with a bachelor's degree in computer science. He has been active in the city for many years, serving code enforcement board chairman; as a city commissioner from 1987-2005; as a beach trust commissioner; and president of the Volusia League of Cities. In 2010, he was a nominee for the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties' Volunteer of the Year.

Mike Chuven is a native Floridian who grew up in the area and attended Holly Hill Junior High School and Mainland Senior High School, and earned an associate degree at what is now Daytona State College. He is working towards an associate degree in paralegal studies at DSC. He also has a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Mr. Chuven also served in the U.S. Navy in the early 1980s.

Most of his working career has been in utilities, including several years in management positions. He is working as a community association manger for a mid-sized condominium complex in Daytona Beach.

Mr. Chuven's family has been in the area in some form since 1910. He has been active, including serving as an officer, in civic and community organizations all of his life.

Arthur Morris is a resident of Holly Hill with a bachelor's degree in business administration and 18 years experience as a senior vice president and senior loan officer for First Fiidelity Bank in Princeton, N.J.

He also has 10 years experience as a partner and manager of a retail auto parts chain and 10 years as founder and broker for a Century 21 real estate agency. He also served with the Army Corps of Engineers as a first lieutenant.

Holly Hill District 2

Penny Curie, incumbent, has been the district 2 commissioner since 2012. She also served on the Transportation Planning Organization.

She is retired from the Ponce Inlet Police Department, where she was the administrative supervisor for 18 years and also served as a crime scene investigator. She attended Daytona State College to study criminal justice.

Carolyn J. Glass has lived in Holly Hill since 1967, including 37 years at her current address and is the mother of former city commissioner Rick Glass. She is running for office for the first time.

She worked for 10 years as the head housekeeper at the Ormond Hotel and then opened her own cleaning business when it was torn down, which she ran for 20 years until she retired.

Ms. Glass has been a board member of the Holly Hill Museum for three years and volunteered on occasion for other community groups.

Holly Hill District 3

Donnie Moore, incumbent, has served three terms as city commissioner, starting in 2010. He is a Daytona Beach firefighter.

John Capers retired after 25 years as a fire lieutenant and action battalion chief with the Daytona Beach Fire Department.

A graduate of Seabreeze High School, he earned a degree in fire sciences from Daytona State College and has taken advanced courses.

He and his wife of 34 years live on Riverside Drive in Holly Hill in an older home they've restored.

District 4

Elizabeth Albert, incumbent, is unopposed.

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