BY JAMES HARPER
Daytona Beach mayor candidate Gwen Azama-Edwards held an open house for her new campaign headquarters on April 29.
The office is located at 1301 Beville Road, just west of Sam’s Club and across from Wells Fargo Bank.
More than 100 supporters attended the event, which included entertainment and food.
Azama-Edwards served as city commissioner for Zone 4. Before being elected city commissioner, Azama-Edwards was Daytona Beach’s city clerk/assistant to city manager for 15 years. She is making her third bid for mayor against current Zone 1 Commissioner Edith Shelley and former Zone 5 Commissioner Derrick Henry.
Incumbent Mayor Glenn Ritchey decided not to seek another term.
Since joining the race last summer, Azama-Edwards has $19,200 in campaign contributions. She is behind Edith Shelley in contributions who so far has amassed $47,758. Henry is in third place in contribution having received $9,281 as of March 31.
Although a number of candidates have announced their intentions to run for office, qualifying actually is June 4 to June 8.
In the Daytona Beach mayoral race, if no candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote of votes cast during the Aug. 14 primary, the top two vote-getters will face off in the general election on Nov. 6.