Deb Denys, 58
New Smyrna Beach
Retired MetLife agent
Q. What do you see as the biggest issue for the office you are seeking?
A. Increasing economic opportunities for our businesses through multiple avenues that will attract high paying jobs. Expand emerging opportunities to create those jobs by increasing our market share in aviation and aeronautics. It's about jobs and economic opportunity.
Q. What are your qualifications for the office you are seeking?
A. A strong background in finance, management, and administration with a degree in business management and administration. As a former insurance agent and securities dealer, I understand financial planning and accountability. Having been elected countywide as a member of the Volusia County School Board, I bring a conservative fiscal approach.
Q. If you win, what's the first issue you will tackle?
A. Continue to drill down into the budget for cost savings measures. It's also time to require ad authorities and other agencies to submit a strategic plan, not just a budget. Accountability only occurs when you have goals and measurable outcomes.
Q. If you lose, will you continue in politics?
A. I don't intend to lose. I have served my community because of my convictions, not because of an elected position. I am forever grateful to have the "Crystal Apple" awards replicated through many chambers of commerce, that I and my co-chair Deb Schmeltz initiated in Southeast Volusia 20 years ago.