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Municipal candidates - Deltona, Orange City and DeBary
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Posted: 2014 Aug 15 - 06:14

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.

Deltona Mayor

John C. Masiarczyk, Incumbent, was Deltona's first mayor. While in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Sanford he watched what would become Volusia's largest city develop as he spent many off-duty hours fishing in Deltona's numerous lakes. He became a resident once his naval service was completed. He worked for the Neisners Corp. and the U.S. Postal Service.

Mayor Masiarzcyk worked in a steel factory in Detroit and for a couple who helped launch the performing careers of Motown greats, such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Four Seasons and The Supremes.

He was involved in many pioneering civic organizations, helped campaign for the city's first hospital and high school as well as establishing and expanding Deltona's first childcare centers, according to his campaign website.

Before Deltona became a city in 1995, he served as Parks and Recreations committee chair.

After he was term limited out of office, he worked with local veterans to establish Veterans Park and Museum in Deltona.

In 2010 he was elected to another four-year term and through the city's charter he is eligible to seek one more term as mayor.

Zenaida Denizac

Deltona's former vice mayor earned a bachelor's degree in education from Antillian College in Puerto Rico and a master's degree in educational leadership from Nova University. She teaches Spanish at Pine Ridge High School.

She is president of the Volusia Hispanic Association and has served on the City Commission for two terms, representing District 1.

Jody Lee Storozuk served in the U.S. Army, completing five tours in the Middle East -- in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mr. Storozuk started his military career as an aircraft mechanic, later transferring to transportation. He was attending Special Forces Assessment and Selection on Sept. 11 2001. His final position, before leaving with an honorable discharge, was with the military police.

Mr. Storozuk has worked as a cross-country truck driver, at Amtrak and in various positions with CSX Transportation. He is a railroad track inspector.

DeBary Mayor

Clint Johnson has lived in DeBary for 14 years.

Mr. Johnson attended Stetson University, where he studied business administration. He has worked as a Realtor and is a state licensed contractor as well as CEO/owner of Screen Enforcement in DeBary.

He is vice chairman of DeBary's planning and zoning board and founder of DeBaryProud.com, a website to "provide free stickers and gear to residents and fans of Debary in an effort to build community."

Jack Lenzen has lived in DeBary for 18 years. He served two terms on the DeBary City Council and was vice mayor for two years.

Mr. Lenzen graduated from Lyman High School and went to work for Precision Machines in Longwood where he eventually became co-owner. He has taken many management courses in computerized machinery operations and is owner and CEO of Lentec Machining Inc. in Sanford.

He has served on DeBary's Charter Review Committee and code enforcement board, was a DeBary representative on the Volusia Transportation Planning Organization and served on the Metropolitan Planning Alliance as well as on the Volusia Growth Management Commission.

Mr. Lenzen also has volunteered for many community organizations.

Danny Tillis has lived in DeBary for more than 20 years. He served one term on the DeBary City Council.

He is the founder and CEO of Tillis Pest Control Inc. in DeBary which has been in operation for 30 years. He also is the owner of Tillis Pest Control of Lake County LLC.

Mr. Tillis is a licensed hypnotherapist and owner of Hypnosis by Danny in DeBary.

He was chairman of the Orlandia Heights Road Improvement Committee, serves on the Seminole State College Advisory Board for Entrepreneurship and was vice chairman of the Volusia County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

He also has been a Little League baseball volunteer.

DeBary City Council Seat 3

Mike Brady is a 15-year resident of DeBary. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Retired from Wells Fargo, Mr. Brady spent his 34-year career in a variety of financial services positions, including lending, sales and management.

He served on the DeBary Charter Review Committee; serves on the Planning and Zoning Committee and has volunteered at the DeBary Public Library.

Ashleigh Hart has lived in DeBary since 2002. She earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Central Florida where she completed a double minor in psychology and healthcare administration.

She has served on the DeBary Economic Development Advisory Committee and is and active volunteer in the community.

Marshall Lee has lived in DeBary for 25 years. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Daytona State College. Mr. Lee is self-employed in residential construction, machining and medical device repair.

He volunteers at his church and has served as the president of Shoestring Theatre Inc. in Lake Helen.

DeBary City Council Seat 4

Lita Handy-Peters, incumbent, has been a DeBary resident for 17 years. In 2010 she was appointed by the DeBary City Council to complete a term and was subsequently elected to a full term on the council.

Ms. Handy-Peters earned a bachelor's degree in legal studies and master's degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida. She also is a Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator.

She works as a Realtor for RE/MAX Associates in Deltona.

In addition to profession-related volunteerism, she has served city and county government, and has donated her time and effort to numerous organizations and leadership positions.

She is a member of the Volusia Council of Government, River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization, Florida League of Cities and the National League of Cities. She is president-elect of the Women's Council of Realtors.

Leslie Kinsella was born in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to the United States 23 years ago.

He is co-owner of O'Leary's Pub in DeBary and has worked in public safety for 18 years. He is a lieutenant in the Orlando Fire Department and rescue search manager with Florida FEMA task force 4.

He served for nine years on the Orlando Professional Firefighters executive board as director/trustee.

Kenny Knapp is a real estate investor who has owned property in DeBary since 2006.

He graduated from Maynard Evans High School in Orlando in 1971 and went to work for Hunsaker Television Service in 1972. Mr. Knapp left Hunsaker in 1985 to work as a fire alarm communications technician for Orange County Schools until 1999 when he moved to Birmingham, Ala., where he worked for Electronic Engineers Inc.

In 2005, Mr. Knapp moved back to Central Florida to care for his widowed mother and he returned to work at Orange County Schools until his retirement in 2010.

Mr. Knapp is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the National Rifle Association.

Dawn Pizzo has been a DeBary resident for 17 years. Employed by Volusia County Schools Transportation, she works as a school bus driver.

She graduated from the Daytona State College Police Academy and has continued her studies in criminal justice and plans to graduate with an associate degree in paralegal studies.

She served on the Volusia County Children and Families Board, the DeBary Economic Development Advisory Committee and was a Veterans Administration Hospital volunteer.

Mrs. Pizzo is a member of the DeBary Civic Association, National Association of Legal Assistants, Central Florida Paralegal Association and the National Notary Association.

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