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Candidates - Port Orange
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Posted: 2014 Aug 22 - 06:11

Volusia County Council At Large

Pat Northey has served on the Volusia County Council for the past eight years as District 5 representative.

Mrs. Northey has been a Volusia County resident since 1974. She earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Nova Southeastern University in 1990.

She serves as St. Johns River Alliance chair, Flagler-Volusia Healthy Start Coalition president, Council Representative to Team Volusia and the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management.

Mrs. Northey also is a member of the Florida Bicycle Pedestrian Partnership Council, Volusia Transportation Planning Organization, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Board of Trustees, Central Florida Metropolitan Planning Alliance. She is a Volusia Honor Air travel guardian.

Joyce Cusack, incumbent, is a lifelong resident of Volusia. She has been at-large representative for four years.

She was a state representative from 2000 to 2008, was the Democratic Health and Families Council Lead, 2004-2006, Democratic Leader pro tempore, 2006-2008

Ms. Cusack received an associate degree in nursing from Daytona Beach Community College in 1971 and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Saint Leo University in 1981. She received an honorary doctor of law degree from Bethune-Cookman University in 2008.

She worked as a registered nurse for 30 years before retiring.

Ms. Cusack lists past and present service to 18 boards, organizations, committees and community task forces.

Webster Barnaby is serving a first term on the Deltona City Commission.

He attended Matthew Boulton Technical College, in Birmingham, England, where he studied business administration.

Mr. Barnaby was an area housing manager for the Birmingham Housing Authority for 10 years before moving to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands where he was in the hospitality industry. He relocated to the U.S. and became a citizen in 1998.

He worked in advertising sales for a radio station and has been a national sales executive for 18 years for the non-partisan research firm, Write Your Congressman.

Mr. Barnaby serves as a board member of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Deltona and as a mentor for the child-mentoring program in Volusia County Schools. He has served as a board member for Trinity Christian Academy and Reading Edge Academy Charter School.

Volusia County Council District 3

Deborah "Deb" Denys, incumbent, has been a Volusia County resident for 25 years. She began serving a two-year term on the Volusia County Council in 2013. She has served on the Volusia County School Board as well as the Volusia County Children and Families Advisory Board.

She is a Guardian Ad Litem and lists 10 more current and past community service affiliations.

Ms. Denys earned bachelor's degrees in elementary education and business management and administration.

She retired as a registered insurance agent and licensed securities dealer with MetLife. During her career, she earned the professional designation of "Fellow" from the Life Underwriters Training Council.

David Machuga graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He was in professional practice in Western Pennsylvania for 35 years.

He is a licensed Florida real estate broker and community association manager as well as a consultant and motivational speaker.

Mr. Machuga is a Bert Fish Medical Center Foundation Board member. He won the 2013 Best of New Smyrna Beach Award for Professional Services.

Justin Kennedy is a third-generation Volusian. He served on the Edgewater Planning and Zoning Board from 2007-2009, before being elected in 2010 to the Edgewater City Council. He created the Edgewater City Scholarship Program.

The program, which has raised $15,000, allows residents to make small monthly donations on their water bill to benefit college bound students who live in Edgewater.

He also created the annual Princess Ball for young children, and their parents, to further contribute to the scholarship fund.

Mr. Kennedy worked with Volusia County officials to bring ambulance transport services to Edgewater, according to his campaign website.

He has owned a landscaping company in southeast Volusia for 20 years.

Volusia County School Board District 3

Linda Cuthbert is a veteran teacher with 26 years experience in the Volusia County School system, teaching English at New Smyrna Beach High School before retiring in 2012.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, she has bachelor's degrees in English literature and secondary education. Before moving to Florida, she taught eighth and ninth grade in Ohio for more than three years and worked in sales and purchasing for five years.

Stan Schmidt, incumbent, is vice chairman of the Volusia County School Board and chairman of the Florida Educational Investment Trust.

A resident of Volusia County since 1984, he is in business as Stan Schmidt, C.P.A. He previously worked for several local firms, including Balaban and Schmidt, P.A.; Bolerjack, Keyes and Associates, CPAs; May, Zima and Co., CPAs and as an accountant with The News-Journal Corp.

He has served on several school committees is the former president of the Spruce Creek Band Parents Association.

A native of Iowa, he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Before moving to Florida, he was a staff accountant for a firm in Marshall, Minn., and audited accounts for school districts for that firm.

He is treasurer of Faith Lutheran Church in Ormond Beach, and a council member for All Saints Lutheran Church in Port Orange.

George Trovato, a resident of Port Orange for 24 years, is an attorney based in Orange City who has been active in the community for many years. He served as city attorney in Deltona for just over a year.

He has been active in providing pro bono legal help to those who can't afford the legal fees through a private law firm.

Mr. Trovato grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. and graduated from the Brooklyn Polytechnic University in 1985 as an electrical engineer.

In 1990, he moved to Port Orange, and worked a variety of jobs. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service while attending Barry University School of Law, graduating in 2000. He went on to earn his masters of law degree at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Va., in 2002.

He received an award from the Florida Supreme Court for his community service and has been recognized for his work by the Deltona Civic Association and local chambers of commerce.

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