Leading up to the Nov. 6 election, Hometown News offers these candidate profiles of county and municipal candidates.
These posts are non-partisan, meaning anyone can vote on them regardless of their party affiliation.
The top vote-getter wins in all of these elections. Some of the races will be up for election for the first time since there were only two candidates to qualify. In Ormond Beach, there are more than two candidates in some races, but the top vote-getter still wins.
For more information about voting, including a sample ballot, call (386) 736-5930 or visit volusiaelections.org.
Volusia County Council District 1
Incumbent Pat Patterson, 69, received 6,401 votes in the primary for 29.8 percent.
The Fort Pierce native is a resident of DeLand and is the owner of Patterson Insurance Agency. He received a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in early childhood education, administration and supervision from Florida Atlantic University.
He served on the County Council from 1995-1998, the Florida House of Representatives from 1998-2000 and again from 2002-2010. He was re-elected to Volusia County Council in 2012.
Barbara Girtman, who declined to give her age, received 6,784 votes in the primary for 31.6 percent. She is a native of Long Island, N.Y. Ms. Girtman moved to DeLand in 1984, but frequently visited her grandparents in the area since the 1960s.
She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Leo University in Dade City and has served two terms on the West Volusia Hospital Authority. She also served as chair for the Government Committee for West Volusia Realtors.
A Realtor, she also worked 25 years in healthcare administration for Johnson & Johnson as the southeast director.
Volusia County Council District 3 candidates
Deborah Denys, no age given, the incumbent, is the vice chair of the Volusia County Council. She has served on the council since January 2013.
She was a member of the Volusia County School Board from 1994 to 1998 and member/vice chair of the Volusia County Children and Families Advisory Board from 2005-2009. Ms. Denys retired as a registered insurance agent and licensed securities dealer with MetLife.
She earned bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and business management and administration. Ms. Denys and her husband live in New Smyrna Beach.
Michael Arminio, 58, was born in Daytona Beach and lives in Port Orange after growing up in New Smyrna Beach.
He has served the last 12 years on the Port Orange Planning Commission and was a president of the Port Orange/ South Daytona Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved in local politics more than 20 years, running unsuccessfully in a prior bid for Port Orange City Council.
Mr. Arminio is a high school graduate with some college. He owns Bay Breeze Blinds & Designs.
Volusia County School Board District 1
Al Bouie, 72, received 7,852 votes for 36.8 percent in the primary. He was born in Tallahassee, but has resided in DeLand for the past 50 years. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University with degrees in chemistry and biology, and also earned a master's degree in chemical education from Tuskeegee University. He also attended Stetson University for administrative and supervisory certifications.
He was a teacher and principal at Spruce Creek Elementary, Silver Sands Middle School and DeLand High School. At Silver Sands he was named Volusia Principal of the Year. He also was director of recruitment and retention for the school system. He has been honored with numerous awards by civic groups and schools.
Jamie Haynes, 52, received 7,558 or 35.4 percent in the primary. She is a native of Warren, Ohio, but has resided in DeBary for 31 years. She is a district administrator for Volusia County School's Title I technology and summer programs.
Ms. Haynes earned a master's degree in elementary education and early childhood from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale and a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in mathematics from the University of Tennessee Martin. She also has an associate degree in accounting and computers from West Virginia Career College in Charleston, W.Va., and earned her 6-12 math certification from Stetson University in DeLand.
School Board District 5
Incumbent Melody Johnson, 50, received 7,414 votes or 49.1 percent in the primary. She is a Deltona resident and has served four years on the Volusia County School Board. She also works as a physician's assistant.
Ms. Johnson has earned nursing certifications and degrees, and has served as a Guardian Ad Litem and a member of the sexual abuse board in Highlands County as a medical liaison for youth. She also is a certified Heritage Keeper Facilitator and served as chair of the Volusia County School Board.
Ruben Colon, 41, received 4,871 votes or 32.2 percent in the primary He is a North Miami Beach native who lives in Daytona Beach. He works as a respiratory therapist and in clinical informatics and is the Community Health Academy Liaison for Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. He is seeking a bachelor's degree in health informatics at Western Governors University.
Mr. Colon has served on the Deltona Affordable Housing Advisory Board, the Florida Board of Respiratory Care with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Education's Respiratory Therapy Curriculum Frameworks Committee. A Rotarian, he also served on the Pine Ridge High School Health Academy's community advisory board.
Daytona Beach Commissioner Zone 1
Danny Fuqua, 54, received 405 votes or 21.72 percent in the primary. He grew up in Edwards, Miss., and is retired after 29 years of military service.
Mr. Fuqua earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Liberty University.
Ruth Trager, 79, the incumbent, was elected in 2014. She received 659 votes or 35.3 percent in the primary. 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.
Daytona Beach Commissioner Zone 3
Quanita May, 47, received 355 votes or 24.6 percent in the primary. She 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.
Amy Pyle, 56, received 503 votes or 34.9 percent in the primary. She is a New York native, and 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
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.
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. She was chairman of the Culture & Entertainment Board, on which she served for 10 years.
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.
DeBary City Council Seat 3
Howard Gates, 51, received 1,234 or 27.9 percent of the votes in the primary. He moved to DeBary in 1968 and is a graduate of DeLand High School, Mr. Gates started his career as a laborer, building water and wastewater treatment facilities. In 1994, he began working at Wharton-Smith Inc., where today he is a stockholder and general superintendent.
Mr. Gates has served on the DeBary Planning and Zoning Board and more recently served as a member of the Community Center Advisory Committee
Patricia Stevenson, 37, received 2,025 or 45.8 percent of the votes in the primary. She is a Fort Lauderdale native and resides in DeBary where she is a homemaker and avid volunteer.
Ms. Stevenson earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stetson University in 2004 and a master’s degree in business administration from Ashford in 2011.
She is a former middle school science teacher and a licensed practical nurse. She has served on the Gemini Springs Conservation board and as the vice chair of the Community Center Advisory Committee in DeBary.
DeBary City Council Seat 4
Phyllis Butlien, 54, received 1,432 or 32.7 percent of the votes in the primary. She is a White Plains, N.Y., native and attended Westchester Community College in Valhalla, N.Y.
She is an independent representative for Tupperware, a substitute teacher in Volusia County Schools and a community volunteer.
Eugene Kowalski, a Detroit native and longtime DeBary resident, received 1,689 or 38.5 percent of the votes in the primary. He is a general contractor.
Mr. Kowalksi has served as a campaign volunteer in the past. He did not respond to requests for information about his age and educational background.
DeLand Commission Seat 5
Markesha James, who received 2,079 or 34 percent of the votes in the primary, did not respond to requests for information.
Kevin Reid, 35, received 2,472 or 40.4 percent of the votes in the primary. He is a native of Miami, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Central Florida and holds a series 65 securities license and Florida life and health insurance licenses.
An associate at Dreggors, Rigsby and Teal, P.A., a local CPA and investment adviser firm, he has served as a member of the DeLand Planning Board since 2014.
Santiago Avila Jr., 35, received 4,843 or 36.5 percent of the votes in the primary. He was born in Chicago, Ill., and graduated high school with Cum Laude honors and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a current GPA of 3.8.
He works as an engineer for Apple and owns his own small business.
Heidi Herzberg, 56, 6,486 or 48.9 percent of the votes in the primary. She is a native of Milwaukee and has lived in Deltona since 1983. She earned an associate degree from Daytona State College. She has served on the Deltona City Commission since 2010, re-elected without opposition in 2014 and is vice mayor.
She is a stylist as well as a member of Health Start, Team Volusia, Volusia League of Cities, River of Lakes Heritage Corridor and Boys and Girls Club of Volusia Flagler Counties.
Deltona Commission District 1
Loren King, no age given, received 900 or 48.57 percent of the votes in the primary. He is a 1967 graduate of Florida Military School in DeLand and attended Texas Christian University and Daytona State College.
The U.S. Navy veteran served as an underwater demolitions tech and was a SEAL team member for seven years. He is a certified commercial diver, underwater welder and cutter. He was a deep sea diver for Martech International in Louisiana and Logan Diving Co. in Jacksonville.
He earned an associate degree from Miami-Dade State College in 1983. Mr. King is a retired senior line specialist and working foreman for FPL.
Candidate Willie Stephens, who did not respond to requests for information, received 506 or 27.3 percent of the votes in the primary.
Deltona Commission District 3
Dr. Lester Carrero earned an undergraduate degree in pre-med and biology at Inter-American University and graduated as a chiropractor from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange and owns a practice in Orange City.
Dr. Carrero serves as a faculty member at Palmer, an adjunct professor at Daytona State College and is a member of the Florida Technical College Advisory Board.
Maritza Vasquez, who did not provide her age, retired as a vice president of the Republic National Bank of New York and moved to Deltona in 2000.
Since relocating to Deltona, she has served on various committees for the city, the YMCA and is founder and executive director of Hispanic American Youth Group of Deltona.
She is an active member of the executive committee of the West Volusia NAACP, a board member of Volusia County Children and Family, a member of the Deltona Business Alliance and a board member of the Deltona Ordinance Review Committee.
Deltona Commission District 4
Ruben Munoz, 41, received 557 or 26.2 percent of the votes in the primary. He is a native of Deltona and earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's degree in project management.
He is a member of the Deltona Planning and Zoning Board. He works as a design engineer, project manager and construction developer.
Robert McFall, no age given, received 1,060 or 49.93 percent of the votes in the primary. He was appointed in May when Deltona Commissioner from District 4, Christopher Alcantara, resigned.
He is a lifelong resident of Volusia County and moved to Deltona in 1974. He previously served on the Deltona Municipal Services District Advisory Board. His wife, Ann, served on the Volusia County School Board and County Council, and his daughter, Michele McFall-Conte, was a Deltona City Commissioner.
Deltona Commission District 5
Donald Freeman, who did not provide his age, is a native of Albany, Ga., and works as a K9 handler at AMK9 American K9 Detection Services LLC and is a former hospital corpsman for the U.S. Navy.
He studied criminal justice at the University of Central Florida and Seminole State College. He is a graduate of Deltona High School.
Victor Ramos, 47, the incumbent, was born in Miami. Mr. Ramos earned an associate degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in exceptional leadership. He is pursuing his final 12 credits for a PH.D. in organizational leadership. He is the director of Bethune-Cookman University's Deltona Campus.
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
Lisa Martin, 67, received 1,782 or 21.2 percent of the votes in the primary. She 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, received 3,389 or 40.3 percent of the votes in the primary. He 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.
New Smyrna Beach Commission Zone 1
Peggy Belflower, 65, received 2,345 or 29.9 percent of the votes in the primary. She is 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, received 2,100 or 26.8 of the votes in the primary. He is from New Jersey and 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.
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.
At Large, Orange City Commission
William Orey Crippen, 69, the incumbent was born and raised in DeLand. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stetson University and a master's degree in public health administration.
He has been in the at-large seat since 2009 and has more than 30 years' experience working as a state government employee, with four years as directory of federally qualified health center in Pierson. He is the co-owner of Headliner Hairstyles and Antiques in Orange City.
Gaea Nunez, 39, is a native of Cincinnati, and studied political science and international relations for one year at the University of Cincinnati before transferring to Daytona State College to study English and business. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the English Honors Society.
Ms. Nunez worked as a volunteer to raise money to help prevent domestic violence. She is PTA President for Orange City Elementary School and works in the site development and permitting department at Interplan LLC, a development architectural and engineering firm.
Orange City Council District 4
Kellianne Marks, 49, is a Levittown, Pa., native and earned a degree in graphic arts and printing from Bucks County Technical School, an associate degree in elementary education from Daytona State College and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Central Florida.
She is employed as an event promoter.
Incumbent Anthony Pupello was born and raised in West Volusia, and has served as commissioner since 2009. He did not respond to requests for information.
Ormond Beach Mayor
Rob Bridger, 70, has lived in Ormond Beach since 1989. He is originally from Newport News, Va.
Mr. Bridger earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling, both from Stetson University; and a master's degree in public administration, from Florida State University.
He has 35 years of state government experience and is a three-term president of The Trails Homeowners Association, but it is his first running for public office. He is retired as a regional administrator for the Florida Department of Health.
Bill Partington, 50 is the incumbent. He has served the City of Ormond Beach 13 years including the last two years as mayor. Previously he was deputy mayor and Zone 4 commissioner.
A lifelong Ormond Beach resident. Mr. Partington earned a juris doctorate from Loyola School of Law in New Orleans and is in practice as an attorney and trial division chief.
Ormond Beach Commissioner Zone 1
Kathy Maloney Johnson, 62, grew up all over the U.S., but calls Ormond Beach home.
Ms. Johnson earned a bachelor's in fine arts from Indiana University and a master's degree in library science from Rollins College. She is an art teacher.
This is her first time to run for public office.
Dwight Selby, 63, is the incumbent. He is a Wilmette, Ill., native. He was elected to the commission in 2016.
Mr. Selby earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in Chicago and works in the commercial real estate field.
Ormond Beach Commission Zone 2
Joe Dugan, 31, was born in New Smyrna Beach. He has no political experience, but is a personal banker with six years of banking experience.
He is an environmentalist and member of the Sierra Club.
David Glasser, 67, is an attorney in private practice. He has practiced law since 1988.
Mr. Glasser is originally from Valley Stream, N.Y. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as a special education teacher. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Rutgers University, a master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut and a juris doctorate from Nova Southeastern Law School in South Florida. It is his first time to run for public office.
Troy Kent, 43, is a lifelong local resident and the incumbent.
Mr. Kent earned 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 has served as a commissioner since November 2003 and deputy mayor since 2016.
He is assistant principal at Ormond Beach Middle School.
Ormond Beach Commission Zone 3
Sandy Kauffman, 53, has been an Ormond Beach resident since 1992 and was born in Reading, Pa. She is a Reading Area Community College graduate.
Ms. Kauffman is a 20-year Volusia County Deputy Court Clerk, currently serving in the courtroom with Judge Stasia Warren and Judge A. Kathleen McNeilly.
This is her first time running for public office. She is a member of Mercy For Animals, CANDO2, Ormond Beach Historical Society, Sons of the Beach, Ormond Beach Chamber Of Commerce and Ormond Mainstreet.
Ms. Persis, 62, is a retired principal and serves on the Quality of Life Board for the City of Ormond Beach. She also was president of the Florida Association of School Administrators.
She was born in Daytona Beach and earned a bachelor's elementary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership.
Ormond Beach Commission Zone 4
Barry duMoulin, 63, is originally from Massachusetts. He has earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, Police Academy Certification, Maritime Law Enforcement Certification and FEMA certifications.
Mr. duMoulin has no prior history running for office. He is president of a homeowners association in a neighborhood with 97 homes.
Rob Littleton, 33, is the incumbent, first elected in 2016.
Mr. Littleton is originally from Baltimore, Md., and earned a degree in accounting technology from Daytona State College and is a small business owner.
David Romeo, 51, is originally from Massena, N.Y.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
He has no political experience, but has served on the board of director of the Volusia Manufacturing Association. He is a sales engineer for Miller Leaman Inc., heading up all sales and marketing for the Daytona Beach company.
Pierson Council Seat 1
Neither Lambert James Anderson nor James Peterson responded to requests for information.
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