Several candidates will be on the Aug. 18 ballot for congressional and legislative seats as well as offices in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

Not all of these candidate may be on your ballot as they represent different parts of Volusia County. Vote by mail balloting has already begun. For a mail-in ballot, visit volusiaelections.org or call (386) 736-5930.

Early voting begins Aug. 8. Go to the elections website for more details.

Here are candidates seeking offices that may represent more than one county.

U.S. Representative, Sixth Distict (Democrats only):

Clint Curtis, who will be 62 Aug. 14, is a government corruption attorney in Orlando.

He also handles Social Security and veterans law. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a computer programmer at NASA and other large commercial and governmental entities.

He earned his juris doctorate from Barry University School of Law and also attended Cambridge University in England and McGeorge University.

Richard Thripp, 28, of Orange City has been an instructor of EME 2040: Introduction to Technology for Educators at University of Central Florida for three years.

He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in applied learning and instruction, and a Ph.D. in education, all at the University of Central Florida.

An accomplished, lifelong district resident, Dr. Richard Thripp, will fight for healthcare, the environment, Social Security expansion, and great jobs.

Florida Senate, District Nine (Democrats only)

Rick Ashby, 53, of Chuluota, is a principal switch and data engineer, and a project manager.

He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1991.

Alexis Carter is the Owner of the Law Office of Alexis F. Carter, P.A., handling criminal and civil litigation matters throughout Seminole, Volusia, Orange and Osceola counties.

Mr. Carter also serves on the adjunct faculty at Florida A&M University College of Law. He serves as an Army Lawyer in the rank of Major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Army Reserves.

Mr. Carter was born in New York City, but spent most of his childhood in Florida. He earned a bachelor's degree in legal studies from the University of Central Florida and earned juris doctorate from Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando

Hes began his professional career as an assistant public defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. He also taught criminal litigation at Seminole State College. He joined the U.S. Army in 2010 and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army JAG Corps. He spent the next seven years on active duty, including a combat deployment with the 3rd Infantry Division to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

H. Alexander Duncan did not respond to request for information.

Guerdy Remy is a first generation Haitian African-American who grew up in New York and moved to Winter Springs 14 years ago where she is a nurse. She also was a case manager for Medicaid, Medicare and HMO patients through a health insurance plan.

She has been involved with the Seminole County Democratic Party since 2006. She also has volunteered for church functions, schools, soup kitchens, and shelters.

Since 2016, she has worked in community activism. She is vice chair of the Seminole County Democratic Veterans Caucus, and active in the Black Caucus and NAACP in Seminole County.

Patricia Sigman, 53, of Longwood is a board certified labor and employment attorney, a certified mediator, a community volunteer, a small-business owner, a voting-rights advocate and a mother.

She grew up in Florida and earned a bachelor's degree from UCLA before returning home to earn her juris doctorate at Stetson University College of Law.

Florida Representative, District 26 (Democrats only)

Patrick Henry is a a native of Daytona Beach and graduate of Bethune-Cookman University.

Mr. Henry previously represented District 26 in the Florida House of Representatives. He also served on the Daytona Beach City Commission for six years. He worked with The House Next Door in DeLand for almost 30 years where he was a mental health counselor.

Some of his successful legislative actions include implementing text-to-911 technology throughout the state, making Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune the first African American to have a statue representing a state in the U.S. Capitol, and recognizing the third Saturday in December as Harriette V. & Harry T. Moore Day in Florida.

Evans L. Smith, 48, of Daytona Beach is a pastor.

He is a graduate of Mainland High School and attended Bethune-Cookman University.

Pastor Smith works directly with families battling health issues made worse by unhealthy eating options, reluctance to seek treatment due to lack of insurance and the stress of debt incurred due to medical costs. He also works with children as they try to learn in the low-ranked schools struggling to thrive on the state allocations which shortchange Volusia County.

Florida Representative, District 27 (Republicans only)

Barnaby Webster did not respond to request for information.

Erika Benfield, 40, of DeBary is vice mayor of the City of DeBary and owner of Florida Living Quarters Interior Design and co-owner of Design or List-It real estate brokerage.

Ms. Benfield was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Florida as a young girl.

She attended Seminole State College and is a graduate of Leadership West Volusia Stetson/DeLand Chamber Class 2019.

Zenaida Denizac, 60, of Deltona is a teacher with 32 years of experience. She is state certified in educational leadership, and as a teacher of elementary education, English for speakers of other languages and Spanish.

She earned a master's degree in educational leadership and a bachelor's degree in education.

Ms. Denizac was a Deltona city commissioner and vice mayor from 2005 to 2014.

Public Defender, Seventh Judicial Circuit

George Burden, 62, of Daytona Beach has been assistant public defender for 30 years. He also served 10 Years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force as well as four terms as a Daytona Beach city commissioner.

He earned an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and a law degree from Rutgers and the University of Oklahoma.

He has held leadership positions in the public defender's office, including chief of the appellate division and chief assistant public defender. He is certified by the Florida Supreme Court for capital cases.

Anne Marie Gennusa, 53, of St. Johns has been an attorney for more than 25 years.

Ms. Gennusa has been a public defender, criminal defense attorney, assistant state attorney and private practitioner concentrating in all criminal and family law matters. She is admitted to practice law in Florida, New York and before the U.S. Supreme Court. She also is a Certified Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator.

She earned her law degree from Temple University School of Law and earned dual master certificates in human resource management and government contracting from Villanova University.

Matt Metz, 34, of Daytona Beach, is a third generation Volusia resident.

He is felony division chief of the Public Defender's office and a board certified criminal trial attorney.

He earned a business degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from the Florida State University College of Law.

His mother is Claire Metz, a WESH-TV reporter.

Group 6 Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit

Anna Handy did not respond to request for information.

Mike Orfinger (incumbent) did not respond to request for information.

Group 14 Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit

Joan Anthony of Daytona Beach has been a small business owner and manager of her own law practice since 2004. Previously she served as legal counsel for the Volusia County Metropolitan Planning Organization and a pre-law instructor at Bethune-Cookman University.

She serves the community through the Daytona Beach Kiwanis Club and Volusia County Bar Association.

Ms. Anthony earned a bachelor’s degree in history from B-CU in 1981 and a juris doctorate from Howard University School of Law in 1984.

Dan Hilbert did not respond to request for information.

MaryEllen Osterndorf, 54, of Daytona Beach is a general practice lawyer, handling cases in each of the 7th Judicial Circuit divisions with an emphasis in civil matters. She has been a Florida Certified County & Circuit Mediator for 13 years and a Florida Certified Appellate Mediator for more than 5 years.

She attended Florida State University and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

Group 27 Judge, Seventh Judicial District

Judge Bryan Robert Rendzio, 45, of Ponte Vedra Beach is the incumbent, appointed by the governor in January 2019 to replace the late Judge Clyde Wolfe.

He is assigned to the Unified Family Court Division. He started as a trial lawyer, specializing in complex commercial and construction litigation. I also served as an arbitrator and a mediator.

He earned his juris doctorate from the Florida Coastal School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Florida Coastal Law Review, and a bachelor's degree from Florida State University.

Alicia Washington, 50 of Palm Coast is a U.S. military veteran, serving as a combat medic.

She has been licensed to practice law in Florida and Texas for 22 years and operates her own law firm, which primarily practices family and criminal law.

She also works as a guardian ad litem attorney representing the best interests of abused, abandoned and neglected children. She previously served as the juvenile division chief at the public defender's office; a sex crimes prosecutor at the state attorney's office; a legal aid attorney for Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida; and as an associate attorney at Smith, Hood, Perkins, Loucks.

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