Voting Guide

Educator Amy Hall of Port Orange shows her support during Early Voting at the Port Orange Regional Library on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Editor's Note: Hometown News will be adding election information each week, leading up to the Nov. 3 election. This week are bios of the county candidates. Further down are the municipal candidates from the week before, including a change in candidates for DeBary Council Seat 2.

The deadline to register to vote for the general election is Oct. 5. Mail-in ballots are now being sent and early voting will be Oct. 19 to Nov. 1. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. election day. For more information, visit volusiaelections.org.

Volusia County Candidates

County Council Chair

•Jeff Brower, 65, of DeLeon Springs is a small business owner, farm owner/operator and soil consultant.

Mr. Brower serves on the Volusia County Soil & Water Conservation District Board.

He earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Florida. He also is a former emergency medical technician.

•Deborah A. “Deb” Denys, 66, of New Smyrna Beach is retired as a registered insurance agent and licensed securities dealer with MetLife. She earned the professional designation of Fellow from the Life Underwriters Training Council.

Ms. Denys has had a long career in public service, recently giving up her District 3 seat on the Volusia County Council. She also served on the Volusia County School board.

She has worked with the Early Learning Coalition of Volusia/Flagler, Junior Achievement and helped start the Crystal Apple awards for teaches of the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business management.

County Council District 2

•Danny Fuqua of Daytona Beach is a retired U.S. Army Veteran with 29 years of service, including a tour of duty in Iraq from November 2010 to November 2011.

Mr. Fuqua has resided in Volusia County for more than 30 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master's of business administration from Liberty University.

He has led numerous financial planning seminars, specializing in budgeting, debt management and homeownership.

•Billie Wheeler of Daytona Beach Shores, the incumbent, was first elected in 2016. She is the Transportation for Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Chairman, Value Adjustment Board Chairman, Tourism Development Board Chairman and Census 2020 Co-Chair for Volusia County.

Ms. Wheeler was a Daytona Beach Shores Council member from 2010 to 2016 and was active in the Florida League of Cities.

Now retired, she was an executive secretary at The Kissel Co., a deputy treasurer of Clark County and owned a an accounting service with her husband.

County Council District 4

•Barbara Bonarrigo, 56, of Ormond Beach owns a small business, CJ Manufacturing in Daytona Beach.

A member of the Volusia Cultural and Arts Council, she moved to Volusia in 1993.

She also has operated a hair salon and owned four tanning salons with 20 employees.

Her husband and she also owned a restaurant in Daytona, a shopping plaza in South Daytona and managed 10 rental homes throughout Volusia.

She was born in Germany and became a U.S. citizen in 2007

•Heather Post of Daytona Beach, the incumbent, was elected in 2016.

She is a graduate of a law enforcement academy and was a law enforcement officer. She was a Deputy of the Quarter and received the FDLE Outstanding Team Member Award medal.

She now owns her own training company, The Heather Post Co., and currently provides training in body language and situational awareness to corporate and public safety personnel nationwide.

School Board Member, District 2

•Anita Burnette, 51, of Port Orange is a radiographer in medical imaging and leadership.

She earned a bachelor's of health sciences degree from the University of Central Florida and a master's degree in health sciences leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

She is the wife of Port Orange Mayor Don Burnette.

•Ida D. Wright, 53, of Daytona Beach is the incumbent. Originally elected in 2012, she is the first Black woman to serve on the school board. She had announced she wouldn't seek re-election, but was convinced by her friends and family to run again.

She is dean of the College of Business and Entrpreneurship at Bethune-Cookman University and has been a professional educator for more than 25 years.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida and master's degree in business administration with a concentration in management from Stetson University.

Soil & Water candidates

•Soil & Water Conservation District, Seat 2: John Nelson, Wesley Wayne Wilson

•Soil & Water Conservation District, Seat 4: Wendy Anderson, Barbara Deering

Hospital authority candidates

•West Volusia Hospital Authority, Group A, Seat 3: Judith Craig, Dr. John M. Hill

•West Volusia Hospital Authority, Group B, Seat 1: Jennifer Coen, Michael Ray

Daytona Beach Candidates

Commission Zone 2

Aaron Delgado, the incumbent, is a a long-time resident of Daytona Beach.

Mr. Delgado is the son of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. He grew up and was educated overseas before studying at New College in Sarasota where he earned a degree in economics. Mr. Delgado graduated with honors from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

He is the managing partner at the law firm of Aaron Delgado & Associates on Seabreeze Boulevard since 2005.

Tony Servance, 44, is a New Jersey native and has lived in Volusia County since 1990.

Mr. Servance is a board member of the local Save Our Neighborhoods Group and works for Cornerstone Solutions, which works with the state labor agency.

He has served as chairman of the Daytona Beach Planning Board and is a member of the Beachside Redevelopment Board.

He is a 1996 graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, where he double-majored in political science and public administration.

Commission Zone 4

Stacy Cantu, 52, has been a Daytona Beach resident for 42 years.

Ms. Cantu is a small business owner.

She is secretary-treasurer of the Village on the Green Homeowners Association of Pelican Bay and former vice president of the Daytona Beach Republican Club. She is a lifetime associate member of three veteran groups in Volusia County and a member of the Atlantic Federated Republican Women.

Rob Gilliland, 53, the incumbent, was first elected in 2005 and has been re-elected several times since.

Mr. Gilliland is a compliance and privacy officer for Florida Health Care Plans.

He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maryland.

He has represented Daytona Beach on the Transportation Planning Organization since 2008.

DeBary candidates

Council Seat 1

Stephen Bacon, 81, the incumbent, was first elected in 2016.

Mr. Bacon is a licensed insurance agent and a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve.

He is a graduate of Baruch College, part of the CCNY system, with a bachelor's degree in business administation and accounting.

He was a vice president and financial officer for a major insurer, president of an insurance accounting practice, a budget advisor for the City of Miami Beach, president of a chapter of the Insurance Accounting Systems Association. He has served as president or treasurer of several condominium associations.

William Sell, 52, is a service technician with Home Depot.

He attended technical school for four years and college for two years.

Council Seat 2

Jim Pappalardo, 29, is a manager of operations finance in the healthcare industry, leading a team in budget preparation, policy writing, data analytics and long-term capital investment planning. Mr. Pappalardo previously was a financial analyst intern at Frontier Communications in DeLand.

He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and master's degree in business administration from Stetson University.

Mr. Pappalardo has served two terms on DeLand's Economic Development Committee and was appointed to the DeBary Charter Review Commission. He was awarded Stetson University's Male Philanthropist of the Year in 2013.

Darius D. Kelley, 48, has spent the last 29 years of his life honing his leadership skills as well as my business skills at FedEx Express.

He has managed multi-million-dollar budgets in a Fortune 500 company, and has worked in management as well as senior management, working his way up from the lowest paying position in the company.

Mr. Kelley earned a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's degree in transformative leadership.

Deltona Candidates

Commission District 4

Dana McCool, 56, the incumbent, was appoinated to the commission in July.

Raised in Warner Robins, Ga., she moved to Central Florida in 1989.

With her husband, David, she owns a logistics company based in Deltona that handles domestic and international business, and also owns Three Sisters Charters, on the Island of Roatan in the Bay Islands of Honduras, and Feral Note Studios, a music studio in Daytona Beach.

She is a past president of Deltona Strong.

Ruben Munoz did respond to request for information.

Commission District 6

Julio David Sosa, 54, owns a martial arts academy in Deltona. He previously worked for Barnett Technologies, where he started at 18 as an entry level operator and worked his up to operations manager, overseeing four departments and 30 employees. He also worked for Attorneys’ Title in the information technologies department.

He is a graduate of Lake Brantley High School in Seminole County and earned an associate degree from Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Mr. Sosa has mentored youth at his karate studio as well as local elementary schools. He also had a successful boxing/kick-boxing career, giving him the opportunity to travel across the United States, Bahamas, Canada and Europe.

Jody Lee Storozuk, 49, is a veteran of the U.S. Army, is experienced with infrastructure design with railroads (Sunrail Project), and a 12-year local business owner of Just 1 More Sports Grill.

Mr. Storozuk is secretary of the Deltona Planning and Zoning Board.

He earned a bachelor's degree in construction management, an associate degree in electrical construction and Maintenance/Electrical Control Systems, and an associate degree in business administration.

Edgewater Candidates

Council District Four

Jonah Powers, 26, is a fifth generation Edgewater resident.

Mr. Powers is an associate pastor at Bella Vista Baptist Church.

He earned a bachelor's degree in ministry studies in 2017 from the Baptist College of Florida.

Eric Rainbird, 56, has been an Edgewater resident since 2005 and is an IT Field Technician for CVS Pharmacies.

Mr. Rainbird earned an associate of arts degree and an associate of science degree in IT network systems administration, and a bachelor's degree in business management and supervision, all from Daytona State College.

He served on Edgewater's latest Charter Review Committee and serves on the city's Planning & Zoning Board.

Lake Helen Candidates

Commission Zone Two

Roger F. Eckert, 65, retired from the Deltona Fire Department after more than 33 years.

Mr. Eckert is a Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He graduated from Taylor Jr-Sr High School and earned an associate degree in fire science from Daytona State College.

A Lake Helen resident since 1980, he supervised the Deltona Fire Department Youth program, Deltona Fire Explorer Post, for 17 years with almost 200 youth learning about the Fire/EMS career.

Roxann Reid Goodman, 49, has worked in higher education and business management.

She earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Center Florida and is studying to earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix.

Commission Zone 4

Jim Connell, 63, is the iincumbent and has lived in Lake Helen for 33 years. He was raised in West Volusia County.

Mr. Connell graduated from Deland High School in 1975 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Central Florida.

He has 40 years experience in the commercial moving industry, currently as a sales executive responsible for corporate and large project relocations.

He has have served in various administrative posts in local civic and volunteer organizations, including local chambers of commerce, Rotary International, MainStreet DeLand and Boy Scouts of America.

Elizabeth “Betty” O'Laughlin has lived in Lake Helen for 23 years.

A former Mary Kay consultant and a director for five years, she was awarded four pink Pontiac Grand Ams.

She has been a member of the West Volusia Saddle Club for 22 years and is the secretary, and also served has as president, treasurer and arena manager.

She has been a a member of the Environmental Council of Volusia/Flagler for 16 years; serving as president from 2004-2014 and also has served a committee cochair and treasurer of the Volusia/Flagler Sierra Club.

She served as chair and vice chair of the Lake Helen Parks and Recreation Board,

New Smyrna Beach Candidates

Mayor

Lisa Martin was born in Pittsburgh and educated in Philadelphia.

She had a high-tech data/voice backbone networking career in San Jose and now has lived in New Smyrna Beach for a decade.

She is retired, and volunteers with food banks and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Russ Owen, the incumbent, was elected mayor in 2018. It is his first experience as an elected official.

Mayor Owen has lived in New Smyrna Beach since he was 11 years old.

He is a software consultant for Kaufman, Hall & Associates, working with colleges and universities as they implement Axiom, Kaufman Hall’s proprietary budgeting and planning software. Previously he was with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in a variety of finance and budget roles for nine years.

He earned an associate degree in mathematics from Daytona State College, and a bachelor's degree in finance and master’s degree in business administration, both from the University of Central Florida.

Commission Zone 4

Charles “Randy” Hartman, 66, is the incumbent and was first elected city commissioner in 2016.

Mr. Hartman has 40 years experience in public safety as a firefighter/paramedic. He graduated from Valencia College with a degree in fire science and was awarded numerous certificates. He retains a license as a paramedic. He was selected to mentor new paramedics in the field as a preceptor.

He was president of the fire fighters local for 10 years and treasurer for six. He worked with city officials to implement programs such as a Citizens Emergency Response Team and the Citizens Fire Academy.

He relocated from Orlando to New Smyrna Beach in 2012 and has been active at Coronado Community United Methodist Church, making several missionary trips to Guatemala.

Shyriaka Morris, 45, is an area native whose family has been active in New Smyrna Beach for four generations.

Ms. Morris earned a degree in early childhood education from Daytona State College.

She is the vice chair and Zone 4 representative on the New Smyrna Beach Neighborhood Council. She is an executive board member of Concerned Citizens; a community ambassador for Atlantic Center for the Arts; president of the Southeast Volusia NAACP; and an executive board member of the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum.

Ms. Morris was the 2018-20 Florida Delegate under the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation with Black Womens Roundtable and the 2019 National Womens History Day at DSC Champion of Peace and Nonviolence.

Orange City Candidates

Mayor

Gary Blair, the incumbent served seven years on the City Council, including two years as vice mayor, before taking a break. He returned to the council in 2009.

He has served on the transportation planning organization, American Heritage Rivers Middle Basin Committee and Albertus Cottage Steering Committee. He is involved with Florida League of Cities and is a board member of The Friends of Blue Spring.

He grew up in the family furniture business in Boca Raton and is a 1971 graduate of Boca Raton High School and a 1977 graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in industrial arts. He spent 30 of his 34 year teaching career in West Volusia County. He also served as a Volusia United Educators Organization steward at Galaxy Middle School.

Anthony Pupello was born and raised in West Volusia County and grew up working in small businesses owned by his parents and owned his own business for many years.

Mr. Pupello has served Orange City as a city council member and as vice mayor, and has served on the Historic Preservation Board. He served on the PTA at Orange City Elementary School while his daughter attended.

Ormond Beach Candidates

Mayor

Rob Bridger, 72, is a U.S. Navy veteran and has 35 years experience in Florida government, administering health and human services programs, including adult protective services, economic self-sufficiency and children’s health.

Mr. Bridger earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling, both from Stetson University. He earned a master's degree in public administration from Florida State University.

Bill Partington, 52, the incumbent, was elected to the city commission for Zone 4 in September 2003. He also served as deputy mayor from 2010 to 2015. He was elected mayor without opposition in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.

He earned an associate degree Daytona State College and a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Central Florida, and a juris doctorate from the Loyola School of Law in New Orleans.

Mayor Partington serves as an assistant public defender and division chief for the Felony Trial Division of Florida's Seventh Judicial Circuit. Previously he ran a solo private law practice in Ormond Beach, served as an assistant public defender and also as an assistant state attorney.

While at the State Attorney’s Office, he received the Distinguished Special Achievement Award. He also completed courses on computer crimes, domestic violence and elderly exploitation at the National District Attorneys Association National Advocacy Center in Columbia, S.C.

Commission Zone 1

Tim Grigsby, 63, has been a local resident for more than 26 years.

He earned a degree in computer networking from Daytona State College.

Mr. Grigsby is a Lidar Project Manager at McKim & Creed Inc. and has worked for the employee-owned company for more than 32 years.

Dwight Selby, the incumbent, was elected commissioner in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.

Mr. Selby is CEO of Selby Realty Inc., a commercial real estate brokerage based in Ormond Beach, and CEO of Global Homes, a manufactured housing dealer.

He served the Daytona Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce as convention and tourism director. He earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in Chicago.

Ms. Selby has served as president of the Ormond Beach Community Foundation, director of Men of Faith, past president of the Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors and past president of Cardinal Estates (an affordable housing development).

Commission Zone 2

Troy Kent, the incumbent was first elected in 2003, and re-elected in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Raised in Ormond Beach, Mr. Kent earned an associate degree from Daytona State College, a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Central Florida and a master's degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He also certified in English Speakers of Other Languages and is a National Board Certified teacher. He is assistant principal at Ormond Beach Middle School.

He has served on boards or committees for Ormond Beach MainStreet, Respect Campaign Daytona Beach, School Concurrency Volusia County Schools and Beachside Redevelopment

A lifelong resident of Ormond Beach, Ken Smith, 39, is a second generation business owner.

Mr. Smith is a graduate of Seabreeze High School.

He has served as the youngest regional president of the Antique Automobile Club of America, operating the family business Wall-Y-World, Custom Picture Framing and is an avid woodworker.

Commission Zone 4

Rob Littleton, the incumbent, was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.

Mr. Littleton earned a degree in accounting technology from Daytona State College. He also is a certified tax preparer and tutor. He owns and operates a small business in Ormond Beach, which helps to educate high school students in the subject areas of mathematics and accounting. He also has worked at the Ormond Beach Lowes Home Improvement Center for several years as a manager.

He served on the District Advisory Committee and the Calendar Committee for Volusia County Schools. He supports the ARC of Volusia, is active in the Knights of Columbus and attends Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

David Romeo, 53, has lived in Ormond Beach for 25 years and Volusia County for 35 years.

Mr. Romeo is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

For 32 years he was a partner in two successful businesses and was awarded Volusia Manufacturers Association MA Member of the Year. He serves as a sustaining water consultant throughout the country.

Pierson Candidates

Sergia Cardenas was awarded Seat 5 on the Pierson City Council after her opponent and the incumbent, Herbert J. Bennett, died.

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