Bruno eyes Senate; Northey wants to be Supervisor of Elections
BY JAMES HARPER
Two Volusia County Council members have announced their intentions to run for different offices to continue their public service.
Volusia County Chairman Frank Bruno says he will be running for the Florida Senate District 7 seat while Volusia County Council member Pat Northey has filed paperwork to run for Volusia County Supervisor of Elections.
Bruno says there is a need for balanced representation in Tallahassee to bring about teamwork that will benefit the area in many ways, most notably the creation of jobs.
Because of his position as Volusia County chairman and in leadership roles in other organizations, he says he has a clear perspective on the needs of Central Florida.
Bruno is a veteran of the United States Army. He and his wife of 42 years, Mary, moved to Florida, where he formed a printing company. He owned and managed it for 23 years before selling the business.
His first elective office was on the Ponce Inlet Town Council and he later served as vice mayor.
He ran for Volusia County Council in the 1980s. After having served twice as the appointed Volusia County Council chairman, Bruno made history as the county’s first elected chairman in 2004. He was re-elected for yet another term without opposition in 2008.
‘Never been satisfied’
He also has been active in a variety of regional leadership initiatives, including the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission, MyRegion.org, the Central Florida Partnership, and the Central Florida Congress of Regional Leaders. He is an active member of Epiphany Catholic Church in Port Orange.
Bruno says he enters the race with a lifetime of public service experience to draw upon and with his eyes wide open.
“To quote the great Henry Flagler, ‘I’ve always been contented, but I’ve never been satisfied,’ ” said Bruno.
The District 7 seat is currently held by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, who will be leaving office at the conclusion of her term in 2012 due to term limits.
Northey is running for the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections position, which is being vacated by Ann McFall who has chosen not to seek another term.
Northey, who lives in Deltona, says her 20 years in business management and her extensive leadership roles in the public sector are attributes that qualify her for Supervisor of Elections.
“The Supervisor of Elections position is a ministerial position, not a political one. I have managed people, policies, and procedures in the work environment,” said Northey, who is proud of her 17 years of service on the county council and her experience as a director in hospital administration.
Northey also has been involved with the Boys & Girls Club, Leadership West Volusia, Four Townes Rotary, Healthy Start, and the St. Johns River Alliance.
If elected elections supervisor, Northey says her priority will be insuring fair, equitable and transparent elections.
“The voter must have confidence in the election process – that our elections are competently run, error free and free from partisanship,” said Northey.
Northey has been married to Ed, a Vietnam veteran for 42 years. They have lived in Deltona since 1974. She has two sons and three grandchildren.