Signs Everywhere Signs

Signs were plentiful for the August primary election as voters and volunteers went to the early polling place at New Smyrna Beach Regional Library. The signs are out now for the Nov. 8 general election.

Early and mail-in voting for the fall general election is underway in Volusia County.

As of noon Monday, 87,100 voters had returned mail-in ballots or voted early in Volusia.

Voters can go to the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Early Voting will continue from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to Saturday, Nov. 5. For sites and more information, visit volusiaelections.gov or call (386) 736-5930.

The deadline to register to vote or request a mail-in ballot has passed.

Florida federal and state posts will be decided Nov. 8
Volusia County candidates will be decided Nov. 8

Here are the municipal candidates from Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach on the ballot.

Daytona Beach Commissioner Zone 1

Monica Paris, 45, is an online reseller and in real estate. Ms. Paris has worked in the financial and hospitality sector in a family businesses, and worked for 18 years in operations and sales in the wholesale furniture industry. She earned a bachelor's degree in business, management and finance from Brooklyn College in 2000. She said she is running for office, because “Daytona Beach holds a special place in my heart. I want to see it thrive and prosper and bring it to it greatest potential.

Ruth Trager (did not respond, information is from previous election), incumbent, has held her commission seat since 2014. Born in New York she has been a Daytona Beach resident since age 13. She is 79.

Ms. Trager is a business owner who with her husband owns several properties in Daytona Beach including the historic Kressman building which is 123 years old. She attended college and has served as past president of the Halifax Historical Museum along with being a member of the Daytona Beach Economic Development Advisory Board. She has served on numerous other boards and committees in the city as well.

Daytona Beach Commissioner Zone 3

Quanita May, 51, the incumbent has been a business owner for 16 years in the community, operating an executive fitness studio. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy intern, and State of Florida Family Mediator. Ms. May is a graduate of Daytona State College and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida, a master's degree in business marketing from Webster Univeristy in Orlando and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from North Carolina Central University. She has more than 50 qualifications in fitness, movement, ballroom dance instruction, and a level 3 holistic practitioner. She said, “I will continue to improve the quality of life for residents of Zone 3 by focusing on the river and derelict boat removal, supporting affordable housing opportunities, and by ensuring that we improve areas impacted by blight and deferred maintenance.

Steven W. Miller, 68, is a small business owner, operating a tax practice for more than 35 years in the Midtown area of Daytona Beach. He also is retired from the Internal Revenue Service as a tax collection officer and trainer. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from Florida State University. Mr. Miller seeks to represent Zone 3 because he cares about people. He believes progress in Zone 3 is achieved with strong leadership and experience.

Daytona Beach Commissioner Zone 5

Dannette Henry (did not respond, information is from previous election), 51, is the incumbent and 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.

Malcolm L Williams, 36, is a retired hospitality/food services manager. He attended Broward and Volusia County Public Schools.

He said, “I am running for City Commission Zone 5, undoubtedly advocating for sustainable community improvements, strategic youth development and lasting changes for the future. I long to create a solid solution to the rising community needs and rapid growing concerns.”

Ormond Beach Mayor

Rob Bridger, 74, has been with the State of Florida for 35 years in management and administration of health and human services programs. Mr. Bridger earned bachelor's and master's degrees in counseling from Stetson University and a master's degree in public administration from Florida State University.

He said he is running for office “to 'Save Our City' from over development that threatens our small city quality of life, our environment and, ultimately, our water supply. It's time for a change.”

Bill Partington, 54, is the incumbent and an attorney. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida and a juris doctor from Loyola University School of Law.

He is running for re-election, he said, “I was born and raised in Ormond Beach and I love my hometown. I want to protect our quality of life with proven effective leadership.”

Ormond Beach Commission Zone 4

Harold Briley, 50, is a real estate agent with Adams, Cameron and Co. Realtors and served as president of the Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors. Previously he worked for the County of Volusia for 21 years. Mr. Briley is a graduate of Seabreeze High School and studied at Daytona State College.

He said he is seeking office because “after volunteering for many years on city advisory boards, I feel now is the time to step up and serve my hometown in a greater capacity.”

Brian Nave did not respond.

Here are the municipal candidates from Southeast Volusia on the ballot.

Edgewater Mayor

Diezel D. DePew, 18, owns a lawn and landscaping business, and clothing company. Mr. DePew is a student at Daytona State College, studying political science and business.

He said he is running for office because “I have always wanted to serve my hometown to ensure to protect the grassroots of my hometown to listen to the voices of our citizens, control development and protect the Indian River Lagoon.”

Michael Ignasiak, 72, has 40 years of public service and was police chief of Hollywood, Edgewater and Bunnell. He has served as Edgewater Maor and on the Edgewater City Council, including vice mayor. He also is a former adjunct instructor Daytona State College. Mr Ignasiak earned a master's degree from Florida International University in Miami.

He said he is running for office because “I have the experience, knowledge and proven leadership ability to get things done. Serving the community is in my DNA. I want to see Edgewater grow and prosper.”

Edgewater Council District 3

Morgan Adams, 36, has drawn surveys in autocad for a local land surveying and mapping company off and on for 18 years. She was a legislative aide at the Hawaii Capitol and interned for then U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Port Orange. She graduated summa cum laud with a bachelor's degree in political science from American Military University.

She said, “I’m tired of seeing my hometown we chose to raise our family within being shaped by status quo back-rubbing. I’ll serve the community instead.”

Debbie Dolbow, 57, is the incumbent and has been self-employed for the past 34 plus years in the restaurant industry. Over the years she has operated a pizzeria, a South Jersey diner, four restaurant/bars and two full-service delis. Ms. Dolbow has spent 12 years in the teaching profession, five years as a substitute teacher for Volusia County Schools and seven years as a pre-school teacher at Discovery Academy. He earned an associate of arts degree.

She said, “I want to be a voice for my community. We are growing and only get one chance to develop correctly. The priority is what's best for Edgewater.”

New Smyrna Beach Commission Zone 1

Michael Kolody is the incumbent and a semi-retired owner of an out-of-state firm specializing in municipal engineering, environmental preservation and land development. Mr. Kolody has earned a bachelor's degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and has professional licenses in professional engineering, land surveying and planning.

Mr. Kolody is running for re-election because “I focus on quality of life issues, control of development, public safety and environmental protection, including the Indian River Lagoon North.”

Valli Perrine, 60, has 25 years of experience as a regional finance director for Fortune 500 companies and was a consultant for small businesses. Ms. Perrine also served on the city's economic development advisory board. She earned a bachelor's degree in business management and an MBA from Concordia University.

She said she is running for office because she “listens to citizens and will protect local businesses, city charm, spending of tax dollars and will work for an economy that provides for future generations.”

New Smyrna Beach Commission Zone 2

Lisa Martin designs and provides equipment for the voice, data, cable and text networks. Ms. Martin earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania plus ongoing education in a variety of fields, such as government compliance and sunshine laws, and the NSB Citizens’ Academy.

She said, “Residents and locally-owned businesses as priority #1. Regulations should be amended for equitability, enforceability, comprehension. Develop legally controlled, green space preservation, and provide long-term city financial and government monitoring.”

David McKenna, 60, owns a healthcare revenue cycle firm that serves healthcare providers, was a sales executive for various organizations for 27 years and has been a student ministries leader/speaker/lecturer for 10 years. Mr. McKenna earned a bachelor's degree from Heritage College in Kitchener, ON, Canada.

He said he is seeking office because “a city should be run like a successful business and I alone am the only candidate to run a business successfully;I am called to do this.”

Oak Hill Commission Seat 3

Kathy Bittle, 53, is the incumbent and has been on the commission since 2006. She is an after school director at Burns Sci-Tech Charter School and a firefighter with the U.S. Department of the Interior. She said she is “seeking reelection because I am passionate about continuing to work to save our lagoon while also bringing controlled growth to prepare Oak Hill for the future.”

Joseph A. Catigano did not respond to a request for information.

Here are the municipal candidates from the West Volusia area on the ballot.

DeBary Council Seat 3

Patricia Stevenson, 40, is the incumbent and a middle school science teacher and a former licensed practical nurse. Ms. Stevenson earned a bachelor's degree in biology and an MBA. She said, “I am seeking re-election with a continued focus on improving our infrastructure and sustainability while maintaining our low tax rate.”

Donald “Donnie” Taylor Jr, 45, is a lifelong Central Floridian and has managed local food and drug stores. He is a graduate of Winter Park High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corp as a forward observer, parachutist, and rifle and pistol coach, receiving the Navy and Marine Corp achievement medal. He also is a graduate of the inaugural class of DeBary's Citizens Academy and helps represent the city at ribbon cuttings and other ceremonial functions.

DeLand Mayor

Chris Cloudman, 45, is an energy specialist with Cenergistic at Stetson University. Previously he was Stetson Associate Director Of Continuing Education, director of camping services at the YMCA of Metropolitan Tucson, program director of the YMCA in Edgewater and program leader of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Camp in Barberville. Mr. Cloudman earned an associate of art degree from Daytona State College, a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Florida and an MBA from Stetson.

He said he is running for office because “I truly love the City of DeLand, and I want to provide open and flexible leadership as we continue to grow and change. The people of DeLand never cease to amaze me with their willingness to serve, their participation in community events and their love for this town.”

Reggie Williams, 71, was a department head for the County of Volusia, a state Department of Children and Families circuit administrator, a non-profit CEO and vice president of human resources. Mr. Williams earned a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Central Florida.

He is running for office because “my leadership skills, years of experience in management and desire to serve the citizens of DeLand will help me to make decisions for the betterment of the entire community.”

Deltona Mayor

Santiago Avila Jr. did not respond, this is from his candidate statement on the Supervisor of Elections website. Mr. Avila is the founder and CEO of eLev8 Florida LLC, a Florida-based consulting and marketing firm. He is of Cuban and Mexican descent and was born in Chicago. He also was a youth pastor.

Heidi K Herzberg, 60, is the incumbent and is a hair stylist and owned a small business for 13 years. She is a former city commissioner and was a sales and distribution coordinator for a multi-national company. Ms. Herzberg is a graduate of Muskego (Wis.) High School School and Daytona State College.

She said she is running for re-election “to continue building the foundation of expanding infrastructure, furthering commercial growth and keeping Deltona fiscally sound for long-term sustainability and residential quality of life.”

Deltona Commission District 1

Tom Burbank, 71, was born in Berlin, Germany, and has lived in Deltona for 55 years. Mr. Burbank has worked as a civil engineer, property appraiser, home builder and has been an associate of landscape architects and environmental scientists. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and earned degrees in management, environmental management and gerontology. He has served on the Volusia County Soil & Water Conservation Board and the Deltona Planning Board.

He said he is running for office because “I have the time and I have the bonafides. I’ve been a part of the fabric of Deltona for over a half-century and I feel strongly that all citizens should serve as time and circumstances allow.”

Brandy White, 43, owns a party rental entertainment business. Previously she worked for a financial brokerage, handling acquisitions, contracting, commissions, accounting, company reports and audits. She graduated from Deltona High School in 1997 and graduated summa cum laude with an associate degree and bachelor's degree in criminal justice. She said she is running, “so the residents would have an option as to who will represent their voice for the next four years.”

Deltona Commission District 3

Maritza Avila-Vazquez is the incumbent and Deltona vice mayor. Ms. Avila-Vazquez is an IT software and systems analyst. She has vocational training certification.

She said, “I am running for re-election so that I can continue working and getting pending projects completed, such as sewer and gas lines for Deltona and Saxon Boulevard, opening doors for new business, more roads, sidewalks and lighting improvements for residents' safety, and reclaim water hook ups for other areas in need.”

Tara D’Errico, 51, is part of the leadership team of The Hanover Insurance Group. She earned an associate degree in insurance services, and is a Certified Insurance Service Representative and Certified Insurance Counselor.

She said she is running for office because “our residents deserve to feel confident their voice is heard, carefully considered in the decision making process, and clearly represented.”

Deltona Commission District 5 (General election)

Stephen Colwell will serve as commissioner for District 5 as Donald Freeman, his opponent, dropped out of the race.

Deltona Commission District 6

William "Bill" Coakley did not respond to a request for information.

Jody Lee Storozuk, 51, is a veteran of the U.S. Army, has experience with infrastructure design with building Sunrail, has owned Just 1 More Sports Grill for 12 years, and is secretary of Deltona Planning and Zone Board. He earned a bachelor's degree in construction management, an associate degree in electrical construction and maintenance/electrical control systems, and associate degree in business administration. He said he is “seeking office to bring a voice to the city from the residents, for responsible development and fiscally responsible for our money.”

Lake Helen Commission Zone 2

Roger Eckert, 67, is the incumbent and a retired firefighter. He was with the Deltona Fire Department from 1984 to 2017 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1974 to 1980. He is a graduate of Taylor High School and earned an associate degree in fire science from Daytona State College.

He is seeking re-election because of “the desire to continue bringing an improved water infrastructure to Lake Helen. During my current time, we created a master water plan.”

Kurt Sniffin did not respond to a request for information.

Lake Helen Commission Zone 4

Charlene Bishop, 62, is a wife and mother, and she and her husband of 44 years are business owners. She also has had several customer service positions and is a high school graduate. She said she is running for office because, “I feel many of our elected leaders have failed to realize we elect them to represent us and not the government. We need those who we elect to have more of a servant-leader mentality and I will be a servant leader who will always look out for the interest of my fellow citizens first and foremost.

Jim Connell, 65, is an executive in the logistics and shipping industry. He earned a bachelor's degree in management science from the University of Central Florida. He said, “I am the incumbent seeking a fourth term because I like the job and wish to continue serving the citizenry of Lake Helen.”

Orange City Council District 2

Jeff Allebach, 55, is the incumbent and CEO of Allebach Financial Solutions LLC. Mr. Allebach is a graduate of DeLand High School, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Stetson University and an MBA from the University of Miami.

He said he is running for re-election “to continue leading the city, improving infrastructure, lifestyle amenities and employment opportunities. Support new facilities for better service to residents and continue water system projects to protect Blue Spring.

Alisa "Lisa" Stafford did not respond to request for information.

Orange City Council District 5

Fran Darms did not respond to request for information.

Martin E. “Marty” Harper, the incumbent and a Chicago native, retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and as a registered nurse. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in business administration from DePaul University in Chicago. He also earned an associate degree in nursing.

He is running for office because, “I am able to make a contribution to Orange City with my extensive experience as retired military and a retired registered nurse, and experience on the planning and zoning board.”

Town of Pierson

None of the candidates responded to requests for information.

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