As our election preview continues, Hometown News offers these candidate profiles for the Aug. 28 primary.
These posts are non-partisan, meaning anyone can vote on them regardless of their party affiliation.
Generally, if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the two top candidates will vie for the seat in the November general election.
In Daytona Beach, the mayor and even-numbered council zones will be up for election in 2020.
In Holly Hill, John Penny is unopposed for the District 1 Commission seat. Roy Johnson is unopposed for the District 4 seat.
The City of Ormond Beach will not be participating in the Aug. 28 primary, just the Nov. 6 general election. Hometown News will have candidate bios for everyone in the general election in October.
In Edgewater, Megan O'Keefe was appointed to the District 3 seat to replace City Councilman Daniel “Dan” Blazi, who resigned as he planned to move out of the area. Ms. O'Keefe qualified for the election, but was unopposed.
In New Smyrna Beach, Mayor Jim Hathaway and Councilwoman Judy Reiker declined to run for re-election. Ed Eillison withdrew from the mayor's race.
In Oak Hill, Commission member Kathy Bittle qualified for re-election, but was unopposed.
In Daytona Beach Shores, Richard Frizalone is unopposed for Council Seat 1 and Mel Lindauer is unopposed for Council Seat 3.
In Ponce Inlet, Bill Milano was unopposed for Council Seat 4.
In Port Orange, Robert Ford was unopposed for Council District 1. Scott Stiltner was unopposed for Council District 4.
In South Daytona, Lisa L. O'Neal was unopposed for Council Seat 3.
For more information about voting, including a sample ballot, call (386) 736-5930 or visit volusiaelections.org.
Daytona Beach Commissioner Zone 1
Danny Fuqua, 54, is a Daytona Beach resident who grew up in Edwards, Miss. He is retired after 29 years of military service.
Mr. Fuqua earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Liberty University.
Anne Ruby, 66, was born in Madison, Wis., and is a research analysts.
She earned an associate degree in fashion design and a bachelor's degree in history. She is co-founder of Citizens 4 Responsible Development.
Ruth Trager, 79, the incumbent, was elected in 2014. Born in New York, she has been a Daytona Beach resident since age 13.
Ms. Trager is a business owner and, with her husband, owns several properties in Daytona Beach, including the historic, 123-year-old Kress building. She attended college and served as president of the Halifax Historical Museum. She is a member of the Daytona Beach Economic Development Advisory Board, and has served on numerous other boards and committees in the city.
Vernon Weatherholtz, 68, was born in Leesburg, Va., and is a U.S. Army veteran.
After the Army, he worked in construction for 20 years as a general contractor and as a general superintendent for a highway construction company. For 11 years, he worked for Winter Park as assistant manager of utilities and for North Bay Village as public works director.
He serves on the Daytona Beach Code Enforcement Board, has lived in Florida for 40 years and has an advanced business degree.
Frederick Zieglar, 63, is originally from Red Bank and Little Silver, N.J. Retired, Mr. Zieglar earned an associate degree in crime scene technology.
He served on the Delray Beach Police/Fire Pension Board, worked for the Delray Beach Police Department and worked for the U.S. Navy.
Daytona Beach Commissioner Zone 3
Belinda Haynes, 58, is a lifelong Florida resident, born in Orlando. She earned bachelor's and master's degree in education and leadership, and is furthering her education.
She is a CEO and director of educational programs.
Quanita May, 47, was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Ms. May earned an associate degree from Daytona State College, a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in marketing from Webster University in Orlando.
She vice chair of the Daytona Beach Downtown Redevelopment Board and is a 14-year local business woman.
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James Newman, 61, is from Pontiac, Mich. He earned an associate degree from Daytona State College and is retired after working as a stained-glass artist in Daytona Beach for 35 years.
He is on the Daytona Beach Planning Board and chairman of the Beautification and Tree Advisory Board.
Amy Pyle, 56, is a New York native. She is both self-employed and self-taught.
Ms. Pyle serves on the Beachside Redevelopment Board and Citizens 4 Responsible Development. She was secretary of the Beachside Neighborhood Watch from 2015 to 2017. She also is co-founder of DaytonaBeachUniversity.com, an online citizen resource.
Daytona Beach Commissioner Zone 5
Katienna Brown-Gardner, 32, is a lifelong Daytona Beach resident. She graduated from Spruce Creek High School's International Baccalaureate program in 2003 and attended Daytona State College.
Ms. Brown-Gardner is Pastor of the Cathedral of Faith World Ministries in Daytona Beach.
Dannette Henry, 47, the incumbent, is a lifelong Daytona Beach resident.
A local educator and business owner, she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Florida A&M University. She has sponsored events in her zone, such as a Community Cleanup.
Holly Hill Mayor
Mike Chuven, 56, was born in Palatka. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration.
He is retired and served as a utilities director with 30 years employment in both municipal and private utilities. He has been appointed to several boards.
Chris Via, 28, a lifelong Holly Hill resident, a local business owner and serves as vice mayor of Holly Hill and District 4 City Commissioner. He previously served as the vice chairman of the board of planning and appeals.
Mr. Via also represented Holly Hill on the East Volusia Regional Water Authority board, the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization and is the city’s voting delegate for the Florida League of Cities.
He is a graduate of the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials. He also has an associate degree in business management from Daytona State College.
Holly Hill Commission District 2
Joan Burnett, 56, is originally from Billerica, Mass. She earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Ms. Burnett is a Realtor/broker associate for Adams, Cameron and Co. She also is a Florida licensed real estate instructor at the Colby School of Real Estate.
Penny Currie, 51, the incumbent, has served as a Holly Hill City Commissioner since 2012. She is a board member of the River to Sea TPO, Florida League of Cities Institute of Municipal Elected Officials Leadership Challenge, and Municipal Leadership and Ethics Training for Municipal Elected Officials.
Ms. Currie has lived in Holly Hill for 25 years. She studied criminal justice in college and is retired from the Ponce Inlet Police Department
Holly Hill Commission District 3
John Danio, 57, the incumbent, is originally from New York, but has lived in Florida since age 10. He graduated from Mainland High School in 1979, earned an associate degree in business and opened Sorrento's Pizza in 1988.
He has been involved in numerous city events with years invested in community activities.
Karen Van Dusen is a retired Registered Nurse, having worked in intensive care, home health and geriatrics. She has also managed a nursing business.
She grew up in Tampa and St. Petersburg, and earned an associate degree and bachelor's degree in nursing, and a master's degree in sociology plus three post graduate years of study. She graduated from St. Petersburg Jr. College, attended the University of Florida and graduated Duquesne University twice.
She is a lifetime member of the Holly Hill Historical Society and a Master Gardener.
Incumbent Mayor Mike Ignasiak was employed by the City of Edgewater from 2001 to 2005 as police chief and has been a resident of the city since 2001.
Mayor Ignasiak started working for local law enforcement in Florida in 1975. He was elected District 3 Councilman in November 2010 and elected Mayor in November 2014.
Mike Thomas, 69, has lived in Edgewater for 40 years. He was born in Atlanta and attended Valencia College.
He termed out as mayor of the city in 2014. He served on the city council from 2005-2014 and has been involved with various committees. Now retired, he worked for 30 years as a wildlife officer for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Edgewater Council District 1
Rocky Dorcy, 60, has lived in Edgewater for the past 10 years and in Florida for more than 12 years, moving from Encino, Calif.,
He earned a bachelor's degree from California State University at Northridge and a juris doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He is licensed to practice law in California and Florida.
His family owns the Frosty King ice cream shop in Edgewater and he is a real estate agent and property manager. He is also a writer and author.
Christine Power, 51, the incumbent, also is vice mayor. She has been a council member since 2012.
Ms. Power earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology and oceanography. Originally from Pittsfield, Mass., she also is on the board of the Boys and Girls Club and is captain of the Halifax Rowing Association.
New Smyrna Beach Mayor
Mark Beckwith, 53, was born in Washington, D.C. and resides in New Smyrna Beach. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Rollins College.
He has more than 20 years experience in management for broadcast television, and is founder and president of Parallax Advertising. He is chairman of the board of trustees, for Atlantic Center for The Arts.
Chase Herbig, 65, is founder, president and CEO of HIG Insurance. Born in Daytona Beach, he has resided in New Smyrna Beach for 18 years.
Mr. Herbig has an associate degree in business administration from Daytona State College and a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Central Florida.
He serves on the New Smyrna Beach Economic Development Advisory Board.
Lisa Martin, 67, is retired from the high-tech industry. A New Smyrna Beach resident, her hometown is Pittsburgh, Pa.
Ms. Martin earned a liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Russ Owen, 36, is originally from Huntsville, Ala., but has lived in New Smyrna Beach for 25 years.
He is a software implementation consultant and adjunct instructor at Daytona State College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has an master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Central Florida as well as an associate degree from Daytona State College.
Joel Paige, 66, was born in Brooklyn, but grew up in Massapequa, N.Y. He resides in New Smyrna Beach.
Mr. Paige earned an associate degree from Nassau Community College, with additional classes taken at Sonoma State College, San Francisco City College and San Francisco State College.
He is retired from the San Francisco Fire Department where he was a certified rescue diver and trained in incident response to terrorist bombings. He also was a producer at Austin Public Television in 2009
Mr. Paige the New Smyrna Beach Citizen Oversight Committee for Ethics and Transparency in 2017.
New Smyrna Beach Commission Zone 1
Peggy Belflower, 65, is a New Smyrna Beach resident originally from Oklahoma. She attended Mile High College for court reporting and is a retired court reporter, captioner, and small business owner.
Ms. Belflower served on the Lake County Land Planning Agency for five years, including one year as chair. She was elected a supervisor on the Lake Soil and Water Conservation District, including serving one year as chair. She is president of the Florida Central Business Park Condo Association.
Michael Kolody, 71, formerly of New Jersey, has lived in New Smyrna Beach since 1985.
He graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and became a licensed professional engineer and planner, now retired.
He is a member of the New Smyrna Beach Planning and Zoning Board, and formerly served on the Economic and Advisory Development Board and was a city commissioner in New Jersey.
Jessica Realin, 33, grew up in Sorrento, but has lived in New Smyrna Beach since 2010.
Ms. Realin works in nonprofit marketing. She has an associate degree from Valencia College and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Central Florida. She co-founded the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Florida. She and her husband helped get PTSD coverage for Florida’s first responders passed into law (Florida Law SB 376).
John Redmond, 57, has lived in New Smyrna Beach 25 years, originally from Kansas City, Mo. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Dallas.
He is retired from adult continuing education and as a business owner. He is vice president on the board of directors of the Golden Arms Condominium Association.
New Smyrna Beach Commission Zone 2
Travous Dever, 36, is a life-long resident of New Smyrna Beach. He earned an associate degree from Valencia College and studied business management at the University of North Florida and the University of Central Florida.
He served two terms on the New Smyrna Beach Planning and Zoning Board and is a Realtor and district vice president of sales for the Keyes Co.
Jake Sachs, 63, is the incumbent and resides in New Smyrna Beach, but grew up in Pompton Lakes, N.J. He moved to Miami with his family in 1971.
He attended Florida State University and Florida International University, majoring in mass communications.
He was elected to the Zone 2 seat in 2014. Previously he served as New Smyrna Beach’s citizen adviser to the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization for three years. He is a retired Miami Beach firefighter/paramedic
Oak Hill Commission Seat 1
Michael Arman, 72, has lived in Florida since 1967, residing in Oak Hill the last nine.
Mr. Arman has several years of college, including various continuing education courses. He retired after more than 20 years as a licensed mortgage broker and licensed real estate salesman. He is a private pilot and FAA Certified Advanced Ground School Instructor.
He was the economic development director for the City of Oak Hill and a founding member of the Southeast Volusia Marketing Initiative. Mr. Arman is vice chairman of the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority and a member of the Oak Hill Emergency Response Team.
He also is developing a small fly-in community on an airstrip in Oak Hill with his wife.
Linda C. Hyatt, 74, the incumbent, also is Oak Hill vice mayor since 2016. She also served on the City Commission as vice mayor from 2008-2012 and was re-elected to the commission in 2014.
She was born in Orlando, but has lived in Oak Hill for 15 years. She is a retired Registered Nurse, and was an RN Supervisor for Orange County. Her studies with the University of Central Florida are almost complete.
Daytona Beach Shores Mayor
Lorraine Geiger, 76, was in the middle of her term as a Daytona Beach Shores council member and decided to run for mayor.
She is originally from Cincinnati and has an associate degree in industrial electronics and spent 30 years in that field. She retired as a lead engineer at Honeywell after spending time working for Proctor & Gamble.
Ms. Geiger was chairman of the Culture & Entertainment Board for six years and on the board for 10 years. She was Volunteer of the year in 2011.
Nancy Miller, 67, is originally from Youngstown, Ohio. She attended both Youngstown and Kennesaw State Universities and obtained certification as a Professional in Human Resources.
Ms. Miller retired from AT&T in April after 43 years of service.
Daytona Beach Shores Council Seat 4
Michael J. Politis, 56, has lived in Daytona Beach Shores with his family for more than 13 years. He was born in Queens, N.Y. and moved to Ormond Beach in the 1970s.
He attended Ormond Middle, Seabreeze Middle and graduated form Seabreeze High School in 1979. He went on to college to obtain his Juris Doctorate and is senior partner at his law firm, Politis and Matovina.
Mr. Politis has been on the Daytona Beach Shores civil service board since 2013.
John Schmitz, 69, is a CPA who owns a business with his wife, Cindy. He has lived in Daytona Beach Shores for 16 years and is originally from Omaha, Nebraska.
He has been active in various city boards, such as planning and zoning and the architectural review board.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Ponce Inlet Council Seat 2
Joseph Perrone, 76, the incumbent, has been a Ponce Inlet Councilman since 2011. He has lived in the city since 2004 after residing in New Jersey for 24 years.
Mr. Perrone earned a bachelor's degree from Iona College and was certified by the Graduate School of Savings Banking at Brown University and was certified in Real Estate Studies by the New York University School of Continuing Education.
He is a member of the River to Sea Transportation Planning Board and served six years as a member of the River Dell Regional School Board in Oradell, N.J., serving as president for one year.
Mr. Perrone retired from banking after 40 years of experience, working in mortgage finance.
Joe Villanella, 74, is originally from Long Valley, N.J., and attended the City College of New York.
He previously ran for a Ponce Inlet Town Council seat. He is retired from Xerox and is the chairman of the Ponce Inlet Code Enforcement Board. He served 11 years as a homeowners association president and is active with various Epiphany church ministries.
Port Orange Council District 2
Sarah Jones, 74, has been a Port Orange resident for more than 21 years, originally hailing from Syracuse, N.Y.
She ran for this same office in 2016. She earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Smith College and is a retired public health chemist.
Chase Tramont, 38, the incumbent is a lifelong resident of Port Orange. He is a board member for First Step Shelter.
He teaches U.S. History at Spruce Creek High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Flagler College and a bachelor's degree in history education from Kennesaw State University.