Headline Surfer videos by Sera Frederick / Clerk of the Circuit Court Diane Matousek introduces herself to 200 citizens at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach, finishing her enthusiastic presentation with a "Yes!" NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- There's an old saying that goes like this: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." That adage applies to the leadership, mentoring and professionalism of Diane Matousek, Volusia County's outstanding clerk of the circuit court.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Christopher Kelly attended a candidate introduction forum prior to the big state senate debate between Dorothy Hukill and Frank Bruno at the Brannon Center on Oct. 20. It was Kelly's 44th birthday, no less. He learned of his endorsement right there and then in front of 200 citizens.
DAYTONA BEACH -- Mayoral candidate Derrick Henry wants to see a united Daytona Beach that goes beyond the tourism marketed globally as the "World's Most Famous Beach" and center of motor racing with the Daytona 500, or as he emphasizes in his platform: "One City, One vision."
DELTONA -- Webster Barnaby wants to bring "integrity, jobs and prosperity" to the table as his platform as district 2 Deltona Commissioner. We believe he will try and do just that.
Barnaby, a man of Christian faith, makes no bones about his intentions on his campaign website putting his community and family at the forefront of his candidacy: "I am a real person that truly loves Deltona. I have lived here for over 21 years. Over 25 years married with a wonderful wife and 2 great children. My daughter is at the University of Florida and my son is serving our country at the United States Naval Academy. I have served for 3 years as the PTA president for Trinity Christian Academy. I am member of the Board of Directors for Trinity Assembly of God."
Sheriff Ben Johnson big winner in SEV Chamber straw poll; Hathaway gets by Denys for county council seat
250 attend hob nob at Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Sheriff Ben Johnson was the big winner in the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce's hob nob straw poll by a near 2-1 margin over challenger Wendell Bradford. The results were released today and posted on the chamber's Facebook page.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Voter turnout was intense today on the first day of early voting for the 2012 general elections with people standing in line for more than an hour waiting to vote at the New Smyrna Beach Library, which was second among the five voting precincts.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Of the 15 public candidate debates Headline Surfer sponsored and moderated, the ugliest by far was Sunday's battle between dist. 8 state senate candidates Dorothy Hukill, the Republican, and Democrat Frank Bruno.