Chase Tramont After Port Orange Council win: 'I will represent you with great honesty and integrity'

Photos for Headline Surfer / Port Orange City Councilman-elect Chase Tramont is shown, far right in the first of three Headline Surfer Public candidate Debates held Aug. 25 at the Lakeside Community Center in Port Orange, attended by 45 citizens. To Tramont's left is fellow candidate Sarah Jones and to her left, Henry Frederick, moderator of the debate and publisher of Headline Surfer. Tramont easily defeated Jones on the Aug. 30 primary for the zone seat with nearly 60 percent of the votes. A Headline Surfer video of the debate is shown below the story.
 
By Henry Frederick
Headline Surfer

PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- With his Aug. 30 primary victory assured, Chase Tramont is eager to take his seat on the Port Orange City Council dais. 

But that won't happen until after the Nov. 8 general elections. 

"To the people of Port Orange, one concrete promise that I can make to you all is that I will represent you with great honesty and integrity," Tramont said in a statement on his Facebook profile page.

Tramont continued, "Whatever I do, I do with great passion, character and commitment. As a pastor, teacher, mentor, and coach, I know what it means to be a true servant. I consider it the highest honor to now serve you as your City Councilman-elect."

Port Orange City Council-elect Chasde Tramont's dog / Headline SurferPort Orange City Council-elect Chase Tramont with campaign volunteer Deborah L. Keith & County Council's Deb Denys / Headline SurferChase Tramont's campaign for public office was no dog day afternoon, except maybe for the family pooch doing campaign sign duty. Tramont also is shown earlier in the Spring with campaign supporter Deborah L. Keith and a partially obscured Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys, whose district 3 territory encompasses New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Oak Hill and the area of Port Orange south of the Dunlawton.  

PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- With his Aug. 30 primary victory assured, Chase Tramont is eager to take his seat on the Port Orange City Council dais. 
But that won't happen until after the Nov. 8 general elections. 
"To the people of Port Orange, one concrete promise that I can make to you all is that I will represent you with great honesty and integrity," Tramont said in a statement on his Facebook profile page.
Tramont continued, "Whatever I do, I do with great passion, character and commitment. As a pastor, teacher, mentor, and coach, I know what it means to be a true servant. I consider it the highest honor to now serve you as your City Councilman-elect."

Tramont defeated Sarah Jones, receiving 6,5550 votes or 59.83 percent to her 4,398 votes or 40.17. Both were first-time candidates for public office and were vying for the seat on the city council currently held by Don Burnette, who won the three-way primary for mayor, with nearly 42 percent of the vote. But because Burnette fell short of the threshold of 50 percent plus 1 vote to win the top municipal post outright, Burnette will face fellow candidate Ted Noftall, who finished second in the primary. 

Burnette received 4,865 votes or 41.73 percent, to Ted Noftall's 3,796 votes or 32.56 percent and Lance Green's 2,996 votes or 25.7 percent. As the top two vote-getters, Burnette and Noftall will square off in the Nov. 8 elections. The winner of the Burnette-Noftall runoff will succeed Lance Green's father, Mayor Allen Green, who is term-limited. And Chase Tramont will inherit Burnette's council seat.

'Something So Much Bigger Than Me'

Tramont, 36, married with four children and a US history teacher at Spruce Creek High School, reflected on his situation the morning of the primary. 

"I awoke at 6:15 to pouring rain outside," the city councilman recalled. "This was disappointing because I and some volunteers were scheduled to hold campaign signs on Dunlawton at 7 am. While on the way to drop my daughter off for school at 6:45 I called my friends Maria Mills-Benat, Renee Carlton and Steve Johnston to let them know that due to the rain I do not expect to see them this morning. Their response? 'We've got our umbrellas and we're out here already.' I cannot begin to describe how humbling that moment was. It was similar to the feeling that I got the day I received my first contribution check. These moments were incredible reminders that it's not about me. It is something so much bigger than just me."

Port Orange City Councilman-elect Chase Tramont / Headline SurferPort Orange City Councilman-elect Chase Tramont reflected on his situation the morning of the Aug. 30 Volusia County primary elections. 
 
"I awoke at 6:15 to pouring rain outside," the city councilman recalled. "This was disappointing because I and some volunteers were scheduled to hold campaign signs on Dunlawton at 7 am. While on the way to drop my daughter off for school at 6:45 I called my friends Maria Mills-Benat, Renee Carlton and Steve Johnston to let them know that due to the rain I do not expect to see them this morning. Their response? 'We've got our umbrellas and we're out here already.' I cannot begin to describe how humbling that moment was. It was similar to the feeling that I got the day I received my first contribution check. These moments were incredible reminders that it's not about me. It is something so much bigger than just me."

Chase Tramont and Sarah Jones squared off in an Aug. 25 videotaped debate sponsored and moderated by Headline Surfer on Aug. 25 at the Lakeside Community Center in Port Orange and attended by 45 citizens.

Two other debates followed that night: Port Orange City Mayor with candidates Don Burnette, Lance Green and Ted Noftall, and the third debate was for Volusia County Chair with incumbent Jason Davis and two of his three challengers, Ormond Beach Mayor Ed Kelley and Orange City Mayor Tom Laputka. A third challenger for Davis' seat, Greg Gimbert, was a no-show, announcing ahead of time he was not going to attend a debate moderated by a "roach."

Kelley won the primary with 38,985 votes or 47.01 percent, to Davis' 19,233 votes or 21.93 percent, to Gimbert's 14,110 votes or 17.02 percent, to Laputka's 10,596 votes or 12.87 percent. Because none of the candidates reached the 50 percent plus 1 vote threshold for the primary win outright, Kelley and Davis, the top two vote-getters, will square off in the Nov. 8 general elections.

On the debate night, Tramont excelled over Jones with his responses to multiple topics, and as such, Tramont was endorsed by Headline Surfer.

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Multimedia: Candidate Debate

Headline Surfer video by Multimedia Editor Sera King / Chase Tramont and Sarah Jones, candidates for the district 2 seat on the Port Orange City Council, answer questions in the July 25 Headline Surfer Public Candidate Debate. Click on the video below to watch the debate.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.