BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF
Daytona Beach Commissioner Patrick Henry has opened a campaign account to try to succeed Rep. Dwayne Taylor in the Florida House of Representatives in District 26. Taylor is facing term limits next year and can’t run again for the Florida House position he has held since 2008.
The commissioner opened an account this week, joining Republican Michael Cantu, who opened an account in January.
Last year, Henry won the Zone 5 commission re-election handily against 24-year-old political newcomer Stanley B. Pandy II with 72 percent of the vote. Zone 5 represents the historically Black district in the city’s Midtown area.
Henry first became a Daytona Beach commissioner in January 2011 when he won a special election to fill the seat vacated by his brother, Derrick Henry. The latter is now mayor of Daytona Beach.
Taylor running for Volusia chair
Taylor announced earlier this year that he plans to run for Volusia County chair.
He served as a Daytona Beach Commissioner from 2003-2008 and was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008, a seat previously held by current Volusia At-Large Council Member Joyce sack.
If Taylor is elected, he would accompany Cusack, making it the first time two Blacks would sit on the county’s most powerful dais simultaneously. Cusack won’t face re-election until 2018.
The current council has seven members and is chaired by Jason Davis.