Jennie Celona, 74
Daytona Beach Shores
Retired French professor
Q. What do you see as the biggest issue for the office you are seeking?
A. Redevelopment of the west side of South Atlantic Avenue.
We need to attract and retain year-round businesses that better serve our year-round citizens. Recent City zoning changes have made it easier to open smaller businesses where owners may actually live where they work.
Q. What are your qualifications for the office you are seeking?
A. I believe my prior service on City Council is a strong asset.
However, my background as an educator has taught me the importance of listening to the opinions of others. It also afforded me an opportunity to work with many different types of people to achieve goals and solutions.
Q. If you win, what's the first issue you will tackle?
A. Pedestrian safety on South Atlantic Avenue is important. The Shores is a very walkable community.
Many of our citizens remain active after retirement. Our Pedestrian Safety Committee (of which I am a member) is looking at options to present to the council and state Department of Transportation.
Q. If you lose, will you continue in politics?
A. I consider my service to Daytona Beach Shores as a privilege. I will continue to serve my community in whatever way possible, regardless of the election outcome.