Who’s running? A list of local candidates
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Local politicians are gearing up for the primary election, which will take place on Aug. 30. From debates to town halls, there have been opportunities for residents to get to know the candidates’ positions.
Many important offices are up for grabs in Daytona Beach and Volusia County. Politicians also are on the ballot for the Florida Legislature and U.S. Congress. Others are seeking to be judges or trying to retain their positions on the bench.
Here is a look at some of the major races and the list of candidates in Daytona Beach and Volusia County. D is for Democrat, R stands for Republic, L is for Libertarian, and NPA is for no party affiliation.
Daytona Beach Mayor
Dominique Delannoy (R)
Delannoy is the former owner of Shark’s Lounge. He was part owner of the Daytona Beach Sun Devils.
Derrick Henry (D)
The incumbent mayor, Henry is a former Daytona Beach city commissioner and educator.
Fred Hoffman (R)
Hoffman owns hotels in Daytona Beach and DeLand.
David Chief Rhody (NPA)
Rhody is retired. He’s from Syracuse, New York.
Ken Strickland (D)
Strickland is a former adult entertainment business owner. He also has worked as a maintenance tech and car salesman.
Daytona Beach City Commissioner
Dannette Henry (D)
Henry is a former teacher who now runs a private school called JDB Educational.
Mike Tairu (D)
The Bethune-Cookman University graduate works with an organization that helps ex-felons.
Willie Williams (D)
Williams is an educator and the current principal at Westside Elementary.
Daytona Beach City Commissioner
Aaron Delgado (NPA)
Delgado is a criminal defense attorney.
Karen Weegie Kuendig (NPA)
Kuendig is the current chair of the city’s Code Enforcement board.
Tony Survance (D)
Survance works with Save Our Neighborhoods, which helps young people get an education.
Volusia County Chair
Jason Davis (R)
The current chair is seeking re-election. He is a former computer business owner.
Greg Gimbert (R)
Gimbert is retired from AT&T and is an advocate for outdoor recreation activities.
Ed Kelley (R)
Kelly is a retired Hawaiian Tropic executive and former Ormond Beach mayor and city commissioner.
He is current mayor of Orange City and a former councilman there.
Volusia County Council District 4
Linda Bourqin-McIntyre (R)
An entrepreneur, she has worked with Accountants, Apple Computer and the National Association of Music Merchants.
Roy Johnson (R)
A veteran, he is the former mayor of Holly Hill and longtime business owner.
Heather Post (R)
Post, who worked for two decades in law enforcement, runs a business, The Heather Post Company.
Al Smith (R)
Smith hosts the “Daytona Scene’’ radio show and has managed his family’s business, Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory.
Roland Via (R)
Via is the former mayor and commission of Holly Hill.
Volusia County School Board District 2
Ida Duncan Wright (D)
Wright seeks to retain the seat she won during a special election in 2013. She is a former business instructor at B-CU.
Boysie Mae Smith-Walden (D)
Smith Walden is a former teacher at Campbell Middle School.
Volusia County School Board District 4
Carl Persis (D)
Persis is a former county councilman and Ormond Beach City Councilman. He is also a retired principal.
Ray Sanchez (R)
Sanchez is a sales representative for Metra Electrics in Holly Hill.
Volusia County Supervisor of Elections
Teresa Apgar (R)
The former legal assistant has served on the West Volusia Hospital Authority.
David Lee Davis (R)
He is longtime political consultant and former congressional staffer.
Bill Fyfe (R)
Fyfe is a longtime worker in the Volusia County Department of Elections.
Lisa Lewis (R)
Lewis was named to the position earlier this year after Ann McFall retired. Lewis had been Deputy Supervisor of Elections.
Volusia County Sheriff
Wendell Bradford (D)
Bradford is a former deputy sheriff in Seminole County.
Mike Chitwood (R)
Chitwood is the current Daytona Beach police chief.
Dave Brannon (R)
Brannon is a Volusia County sheriff’s captain.
Eric Dietrich (R)
Dietrich is the current deputy chief.
James E. “Jim’’ Gillum (R)
Gillum is the former Pasco County sheriff.
Volusia County Property Appraiser
Larry Bartlett (D)
Bartlett is the current attorney for the property appraiser’s office.
H. Alan Burton (R)
Burton is an appraiser with Forsythe Appraisers LLC. He has owned other appraisal firms.
Mike Swanto (R)
Swanto has spent 32 years in the Volusia County Property Appraiser’s office.
United States Senate
Marco Rubio (R)
The incumbent, who ran for president, is former Florida Speaker of the House.
Todd Wilcox (R)
Wilcox, a veteran, has dropped out the race but remains on the ballot. He endorsed Rubio.
Dwight Mark Anthony Young (R)
He works in the Pinellas County Sherriff’s Office as a detention deputy.
Ernie Rivera (R)
Rivera is a businessman and pastor.
Carlos Beruff (R)
Beruff is a multi-millionaire developer and has served on the board of trustees at the State College of Florida.
Alan Grayson (D)
Grayson holds the U.S. Congress Florida District 6 seat.
Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente (D)
The businessman and political activist owns several auto dealerships.
Pam Keith (D)
Keith is a South Florida attorney and former U.S. Navy officer.
Reginald Luster (D)
He is an attorney and real estate investment firm owner.
Patrick Murphy (D)
Murphy holds the U.S. Congress Florida District 18 seat.
Augustus Invictus (L)
The Orlando-based attorney is also a former pharmacy technician.
Paul Stanton (L)
The DeLand native is an Army veteran who served in Iraq.
United States House of Representatives Seat 6
Dwayne Taylor (D)
Taylor currently holds the Florida Congressional District 26 seat and is a former Daytona Beach commissioner.
William “Bill’ McCullough (D)
He is a businessman, arbitrator and investment advisor.
Jay McGovern (D)
McGovern is an electrician.
George Pappas (D)
Pappas is a local attorney in private practice.
Dr. Fred Costello (R)
He holds the Florida House District 25 seat and previously held the District 26 seat.
Ron DeSantis (R)
The incumbent congressman is a former Navy officer.
G.G. Galloway (R)
Galloway, who is in real estate, also is the former marketing director for the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Florida House of Representatives District 26
Patrick Henry (D)
Henry is currently the Daytona Beach Zone 5 commissioner.
Steve Miller (D)
Miller is a former Daytona Beach commissioner.
Mike Cantu (R)
Cantu is in the music and entertainment business.
According to the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections website, there are 374,423 registered voters with 134, 232 listed as Democrats while 129, 577 are Republicans.
The website also shows that there are 98,051 registered voters that have no party affiliation and 12,563 voters listed as others.
Voters are being encouraged to make sure that they have everything that they need to vote. This includes knowing polling sites, obtaining and submitting absentee ballots if needed, and having proper identification cards.
Absentee ballots should be mailed into the Supervisor of Elections office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. The last day to request them is Aug. 24.
For more information and the full list of candidates, visit the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections website at www.volusiaelections.org.