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State Sen. John Thrasher won big in Tuesday's GOP primary / Headline Surfer®Derek Hankerson came up short in the GOP primary against incumbent State Sen. John Thrasher / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Relative unknown Derek Hankerson, shown in the inset, came up short against incumbent John Thrasher in the GOP primary for state senator.
 

PALM COAST -- State Sen. John Thrasher easily defeated Putnam County Tea Party hopeful Derek Hankerson in in Tuesday's Republican primary in all four counties that comprise his district 6 seat. 

Though he remans a contender for president at Florida State University, his alma mater, Thrasher said his No. 1 is re-election in November when he faces Democrat Kathleen Trued, a retired St. Augustine teacher who lost to him two years ago, and fellow challenger Greg Feldman, who is running as an independent.

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George Sheldon wins Dem primary in Florida for attorney general / Headline Surfer®Perry Thurston lost the Dem primary for attorney general in Florida / Headline Surfer®Florida Attorney General Democratic primary results / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic / George Sheldon, shown far left, prevailed in the Democratic primary for Florida attorney general over Perry Thurston, but he has an uphill battle against incumbent Republican Pam Bondi, shown below, who has greater financial resources and name recognition.
 

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH — George Sheldon of Tampa defeated Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale in the Democratic primary for Florida attorney general and now moves on to face GOP incumbent Pam Bondi in November.

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Karen Foxman dominates Volusia County primary vote for circuit judgeship / Headline Surfer®Karen Foxman wins primary fgor circuit judgeship in Volusia, Flagler, Putnam & St. Johns counties / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- Karen Foxman, one of the top prosecutors in the State Attorney's Office, won big in in her quest for a circuit judgeship in Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties with two-thirds of the votes for a circuit judgeship.

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'Crazy' Eddie Colosimo and his outspokenness could resonate with voters, too

John Penny, candidate for Holly Hill mayor / Headline Surfer®Chris Via of Holly Hill, just 24, is running for mayor / Headline Surfer®'Crazy' Eddie Colosimo is a candidate for Holly Hill mayor / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Meet the candidates for mayor of Holly Hill in the Tuesday primary as shown here from left to right: John Penny, Chris Via and Eddie Colosimo.

HOLLY HILL --It's experience in John Penny or youth in Chris Via that appear to be the best choices for voters in choosing their next mayor in today's primary.

 

Penny, 50, married with two children and a veteran Holly Hill commissioner, has the pedigree and experience in municipal governance, while Via, just 24, has the youthful exuberance and enthusiasm that could reverberate throughout this small city that struggles sometimes in the shadow of its neighbor to the both in Ormond Beach or to the south in Daytona Beach.

A third option is mayoral candidate "Crazy" Eddie Colosimo, a 72-year-old Vietnam vet and biker with the self-described nickname who has been an outspoken critic of municipal politics over the last couple of years. 

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Nsn Rich running against Charlie Crist for  governor in Dem primary / HeadlineSurfer®Nan Rich, shown in the inset, faces an uphill battle in terms of name recognition with Democrats voting in Tuesday's primary who will either Charlie Crist, shown with his choice for lieutenant governor, Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, who heads Miami-Dade's Democratic Party.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Nan Rich, the ultimate Democratic time server who was term-limited in  the Florida House and then the Senate finally gets her shot to be governor.

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Lisa Gailey, wife of County Council candidate Rich Gailey of DeBary on The Sunday Conversation / Headline Surfer®
Headline Surfer® video / The internet newspaper interviews Lisa Gailey, wife of District 5 Volusia County Council candidate Rich Gailey. The interview took place at Gemini Springs Park in DeBary.

DEBARY -- Lisa Gailey understands and fully supports her husband in his quest to win elective office and represent the interests of Volusia County's forgotten area.

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DELAND, Fla. -- "I move to hire a special counsel to independently advise the County Council on a process and procedure, pursuant to Section 309 of the Volusia County Charter, in order to make investigation into the affairs of county governmental operations, relating to the Waverly matter, in order to determine whether new legislation is required for purchase or additional ethical standards of conduct for public officials in light of the investigation." And so went the motion by Councilwoman Patricia Northey, which was seconded by Councilman Pat Patterson, that got the ball rolling on partisan bickering.

 

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PORT ORANGE -- Dist. 3 County Councilwoman Deb Denys is the featured speaker for the April 15 meeting of the Greater Volusia Young Republicans, where she is expected to discuss tighter regulations for new CRAs.

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Joshua WagnerDAYTONA BEACH -- Nancy Epps is a formidable opponent, but unless she can demonstrate that incumbent dist. 2 County Council member Joshua Wagner has not done the job for which he was narrowly elected four years ago, then he should be given the benefit of the doubt in Tuesday's general election.

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Wagner wins re-electionTop graphic by Headline Surfer Muiltimedia Editor Serafina King Frederick / Joshua Wagner easily wins re-election over former Ponce Inlet Mayor Nancy Epps in the general election.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The results are even sweeter the second time around for Joshua Wagner with a resounding re-election victory in Tuesday's general election to retain his district 2 seat on the Volusia County Council.

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