Daytona siblings get the most votes in their respective races.
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
For the Henry family, the 2016 primary was a pretty special day. Mayor Derrick Henry was re-elected and his two siblings also made strides in their races.
His brother, Daytona Beach Commissioner, Patrick Henry, won the Democratic race for the Florida House of Representatives District 26. Sister Dannette Henry was the lead vote getter for Patrick’s Zone 5 city commission seat.
“I am delighted as mayor to receive the majority of the support of our residents after four years of service. I have served with a positive approach,” Mayor Derrick Henry said about his win.
“I’ve tried to confront things. I recognized that everything is not perfect. We still have miles to go to make our city what it can be. I have a realistic approach, and I try to make the city better across the board for all residents.”
Focus on jobs
The city’s second Black mayor said he’s ready to move the city forward during his second term.
“I want to focus on creating jobs, keeping jobs, infrastructure and bring more development in both Midtown and beachside. I am disappointed in not getting the Hard Rock Café, but I think we have some other projects that could make up for it,” Henry told the Times. He was referring to the Hard Rock Hotel and Café, which had been in the works for Daytona Beach’s beach side.
Runoff for sister
Patrick Henry, who defeated Steve Miller, a former Daytona commissioner, Tuesday night will face Republican Mike Cantu on Nov. 8 in the General Election.
“I’m just happy and glad that the voters see what they see in me and want to give me a chance to represent them in Tallahassee,” Patrick Henry remarked.
Sister Dannette will face Mike Tairu in a runoff election in November. She received 46 percent of the votes to Tairu’s 30 percent. Willie Williams had 24 percent. Fifty percent is needed to avoid a runoff.
“I’m looking forward to winning in November. We had three great candidates in the primary. I think we did really well against them,” Dannette Henry said.
‘A great feeling’
The three siblings were excited about the outcomes of the races and expressed gratitude for the support they received.
“It’s a great feeling. It shows our hard work. We rallied around each other. We had awesome people on our side both voters and campaign workers. We’re excited and ready to push to the next level,” Dannette stated.
Patrick stated, “It’s a great feeling. We wished that she would have gotten the 50 percent, but we’re rooting for her.”
Added the mayor: “It’s a moment of great appreciation for having confidence in all of us. We want to keep moving forward.’’
Victory for Wright, loss for Taylor
For other Black candidates in Tuesday’s primary, there were some wins and losses.
Incumbent Ida Duncan Wright easily defeated her challenger Boysie Mae Smith-Walden for Volusia County School Board District 2.
For the U.S. House of Representatives District 6 seat, incumbent Bill McCollum won the Democratic primary over State Rep. Dwayne Taylor.
Taylor, who is term-limited as a state representative, finished second.
Tony Servance, a Black candidate who works for Cornerstone Solutions, also lost his bid for the Zone 2 Daytona Beach commission seat. There will be a runoff in November between Aaron Delgado and Mary Weegie Kundig.
The seat is currently held by Pam Woods, who decided not to seek re-election.
Chitwood wins, runoff for Davis
Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood was the last to enter the race for Volusia County sheriff and won big.
He received 51 percent of the vote and defeated four other challengers, including Eric Dietrich, current sheriff deputy chief. Dietrich was endorsed by outgoing Sheriff Ben Johnson.
Ed Kelly and incumbent Jason Davis will have a runoff in for Volusia County Chair.
Incumbent Supervisor of Election Lisa Lewis smashed her competition to retain her post.
Voter turnout in Volusia was about 27 percent, according to the elections office.