Richard Gailey, 45
Certified Financial Planner
Q. What do you see as the biggest issue for the office you are seeking?
A. The first issue that our county is facing is a lack of jobs. In Southwest Volusia, more than 70 percent of our workforce crosses the bridge every day to work in other counties because we do not have jobs that pay well enough to raise a family.
Q. What are your qualifications for the office you are seeking?
A. I am a husband and father of two who understands the challenges families face in Volusia County. I am a certified financial planner, serve on the CAC Transportation Planning Organization, West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce, and business owner and serve community through various ministries.
Q. If you win, what's the first issue you will tackle?
A. First thing I would like to tackle on the council would be to make our county more competitive with neighboring counties by streamlining our approval process for new and expanding businesses. Reduce our taxes (Volusia is currently the second highest taxed, out of 67 counties).
Q. If you lose, will you continue in politics?
A. Even though it is hard to move forward against the eastside money interests that continue to finance the campaign of the career politician who currently holds this council seat, I will continue to be involved at the grass roots level.