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Campaign money flowing in for special legislative elections

Campaign money flowing in for special legislative elections

BY JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – When St. Augustine Republican John Thrasher left the Senate last month to become president of Florida State University, his departure created a domino effect that will lead to three special legislative elections in early 2015. But it hasn’t taken long for campaign donors in Northeast […]

Candidates file paperwork for Thrasher’s seat

Candidates file paperwork for Thrasher’s seat

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA John Thrasher’s departure this month from the Florida Senate has caused candidates to line up to run in special elections for his Senate seat and two House seats, according to filings with the state Division of Elections. Daytona Beach Democrat David Cox this week filed paperwork to run in Senate […]

History is made

History is made

Davis becomes first Black female commissioner in DeLand BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Jessica Davis, a career counselor for at-risk teenagers, was sworn in as the first African-American female to the DeLand City Commission’s District 3 seat on Nov. 18. She was elected in a landslide victory during the Aug. 26 primaries, beating opponent […]

Strong finish for Black candidates

Strong finish for Black candidates

Local incumbents Cusack, Henry, Taylor hold on to their seats BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The city, county and state held onto their Black representatives in Volusia County. Daytona Beach Commissioner Patrick Henry, Volusia County At-Large Member Joyce Cusack and Florida Rep. Dwayne Taylor all were re-elected to their posts on Tuesday. Henry won […]

Social media fuels ‘messy’ campaigns

Social media fuels ‘messy’ campaigns

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES “Messy, messy, messy.’’ That’s how one Volusia County voter described the recent election campaigns. “It was pretty bad,” Samantha Mason told the Daytona Times. Signs were knocked over, stolen and defaced. Social media spars over who received campaign funds from whom and who slung the most dirt were not […]

Latinos also feeling unappreciated by Democrats

Latinos also feeling unappreciated by Democrats

BY CHRIS ADAMS MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON — Latinos nationwide remain firmly in the Democratic camp, but a good chunk of them say the party they generally support doesn’t really care about them, according to a new poll. The pre-election poll of Latino likely voters asked respondents whether they thought the Democratic Party and the […]

Signs cause chaos at City Island

Signs cause chaos at City Island

Days before election, Daytona commission takes down campaign signage from city’s only early voting site. BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Campaign signs and tents had to come down at City Island Library this week following a complaint by Daytona Commissioner Carl Lentz, who is seeking re-election. The site is the sole early voting location […]

Going early, going strong

Going early, going strong

Throngs of church folks and college students made their way to the polls this week BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Congregations and college students showed up on different days but they had the same goal. Buses from several churches across Daytona Beach brought parishioners to the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island following […]

What you should know about those amendments

What you should know about those amendments

As voters decide the next governor, state representative and attorney general, three Florida constitutional amendments will be on the ballot as well. Here is a brief synopsis and possible outcome on each amendment as well as a pass/fail scenario. AMENDMENT 1 Official ballot title: Water and Land Conservation Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida […]

Holley vying to be Flagler’s first Black commissioner

Holley vying to be Flagler’s first Black commissioner

BY JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY DAYTONA TIMES Howard Holley is seeking to make history in Flagler County. He’s a longtime Republican turned Independent running for Flagler County Commissioner, District 2. He faces Frank Meeker in the November election. If he wins, he will be the first Black and first Independent elected to the commission. Holley is CEO […]

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