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Headline Surfer video produced by Serafina Frederick / The panel for this episode includes Sally Gillies, Stan Escudero, Dana Dougherty and moderator Henry Frederick

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Debates and the transparency, or lack thereof, of candidates, their handlers and the media is discussed in this episode of The Roundtable, Headline Surfer's online news and public affairs show.


Sheriff Ben JohnsonHeadline Surfer photo by Ben Johnson / The following endorsement for Sheriff Ben Johnson, shown here, comes from Stanley Escudero, chairman of the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee:

My Fellow Volusians,

Ben Johnson has been our county’s chief law enforcement officer since 2000, and has served us well as a valued member of the Sheriff’s Department since 1971.

He is the recipient of a great many honors and awards from his fellow law enforcement officers and state sheriffs’ associations and has given selflessly of his time and energies to serve on charitable boards and in other offices of community service in addition to his decades of hard and dangerous work as sheriff.


Oak Hill ballot screw updist 27 name changeNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- You would think that this being the 21st century, the digital age where people get their news, weather, stocks, pay bills and so forth through the Internet that elections ballots would be crystal clear. While Volusia Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall has been critical of Gov.


DAYTONA BEACH -- Dist. 8 state senate hopeful Frank Bruno was the last major candidate on stage to introduce himself to the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce hob nob crowd Tuesday at the Ocean Center, but he left a big winner, besting his Republican rival Dorothy Hukill, 54 to 46 percent of the 184 votes cast in a straw poll ballot.


Oak Hill mayoral candidates Doug Gibson and Linda HyattPhoto for Headline Surfer courtesy of Deb Denys / Oak Hill mayoral candidates and city commissioners Linda Hyatt and Doug Gibson are shown here from Saturday's Oak Hill Community Trust fundraiser at Mary DeWees Park.

OAK HILL -- Some 125 people attended a barbecue chicken fundraiser Saturday at Mary DeWees Park sponsored by the Oak Hill Community Trust.

Among the attendees were several candidates running for public office including mayoral candidates Linda Hyatt and Doug Gibson in the non-partisan race. Both are city commissioners.


Epps-Wagner headline 3 debates in Port Orange on Oct. 21; Shelley-Henry Daytona mayoral debate waiting on venue

Dorothy HukillFrank BrunoDist. 8 Florida Senate candidates Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, and Frank Bruno, D-Ponce Inlet, have agreed to participate in a 90-minute public candidate debate sponsored and moderated by Headline Surfer on Oct. 21 at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Headline Surfer held eight public candidate debates leading up to the Aug. 14 primary and has held three more so far during the general election cycle. Five more are planned before early voting gets under way and the biggest of them all is a showdown between Republican Dorothy Hukill and Democrat Frank Bruno.


HeadlineSurfer video and photo by Serafina Frederick / Diane Matousek, the Republican Clerk of the Circuit Court for Volusia County from Deltona, in the Nov. 6 electioms, is the guest for The Sunday Conversation.

DELTONA -- Since her first election campaign in 1992, Diane Matousek's motto as clerk of the circuit court has been "setting the standard for quality customer service."


Dorothy Hukill with Bill Roe of New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer photoFlorida Senate 8 district / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photos by Serafina Frederick / Dist. 8 state senate candidate Dorothy Hukill poses with Bill Roe, owner of Ocean Properties of New Smyrna Beach, during a fundraiser for her campaign at Clancy's Cantina in New Smyrna Beach attended by 75-plus supporters. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The newly created district 8 seat in the Florida Senate covers parts of Volusia, Lake and Marion counties, but for Republican candidate Dorothy Hukill, campaigning in New Smyrna Beach is as close to home as it gets for the former Port Orange mayor.


NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- So who won the big presidential debate? Shane Porter, who runs the Counseling Center of New Smyrna Beach, believes Mitt Romney rocked the vote with his showing.

"It's my opinion that Romney showed himself as a true leader," Porter said. "I now understand why he is successful. He can't be bullied. That was very interesting to see."


Headline Surfer videos by Serafina Frederick / Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson speaks with Headline Surfer Editor/Publisher Henry Frederick for The Sunday Conversation, the 24/7 Internet newspaper's online show focusing on newsmakers. 

DELAND -- Ben Johnson is the longest serving employee of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office ever with 39 years under his belt. Oh, and he's the sheriff, rounding out 12 years in elective office as he gears up for a fourth four-year term in the November general elections.