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Commissioner Henry opens account to seek Taylor’s House seat

Commissioner Henry opens account to seek Taylor’s House seat

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 […]

American veterans deserve better treatment

American veterans deserve better treatment

My mentor, the late Arthur A. Fletcher, said this: “If your life becomes so miserable that you want to commit suicide, just check into a VA hospital. It won’t take long.” Art told me that 15 years ago. Today, the status of Veterans Administration hospitals has gotten even worse. No matter how many news articles […]

Taylor’s run for chair may lead to historic council

Taylor’s run for chair may lead to historic council

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Florida State Rep. Dwayne Taylor has filed with the Volusia Department of Elections to run for Volusia County chair in 2016. The District 26 representative is the first person to file for the seat. If Taylor is elected, he would accompany At-Large Council Member Joyce Cusack, making it the […]

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 […]

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