BY JAMES HARPER
Early voting will begin Saturday, Dec. 8, in the special election to replace Volusia County School Board member Al Williams who died unexpectedly on Oct. 1.
Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall told the Daytona Times this week that registered voters who want to vote early in person will only be able to do so at her office in DeLand up to Dec. 13 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
All other voters will have to wait until Dec. 18, the date set for the primary unless an absentee ballot has been requested.
So far, McFall said 10,000 absentee ballots will be sent out to voters who have asked that they always receive absentee ballots for all scheduled elections.
Forum on Monday
McFall said she expects a low turnout for this election considering the school board race is the only one on the ballot.
A runoff is scheduled Jan. 15 if no one gets more than half the primary vote.
School board members are elected to four-year terms and earn $34,010 annually.
The five candidates running for the school board seat will meet Monday in a forum at the Daytona Beach Regional Library on City Island.
The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Volusia County and the Volusia County Council of PTA (Parent Teacher Association). It will start at 5:30 p.m. at the library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Candidates already reported by the Daytona Times to compete are Ida Duncan-Wright, an instructor at Bethune-Cookman University and Dr. Kathy Williams, retired educator and Williams’ widow.
Also qualifying to run for the seat are Teresa Valdes, 74, of Daytona Beach Shores, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Florida House in 2010. Valdes also is a former nun who now sells real estate. Other candidates include Deborah Nader of South Daytona and Horace Anderson a local barber and hairstylist.
Valdes and Nader could not be reached by Daytona Times’ press time.
According to his bio, Anderson attended segregated and non-segregated public schools in the 1950s and 1960s, served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in South Korea.
He is a licensed cosmetologist in Florida and has had his business in Daytona Beach’s Midtown for 25 years.
Anderson says he takes pride in educating his young children and other young people about America’s history.
He studied management and cosmetology at St. Augustine Technical Center, Daytona Community College and Dudley University and has taught cosmetology in Volusia County.
Anderson’s campaign manager is Ken Ali.
“Horace wants to help our schools improve and reduce school dropouts. He wants to form community partnerships to help prepare our students for college and the workplace. Horace wants to see more fathers involved and be positive role models in the lives of their children,” Ali stated in a press release.
“Horace believes the school board does not have to be comprised only of professional educators, but fathers like him who see things from a different perspective,” Ali concluded.