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Dana Swanson of DeBary tabbed as GOP district 7 alternate chair

Tony Ledbetter with Gov. Scott / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer/ Rising GOP leader Tony Ledbetter, second from left, is shown here in this Dec. 9 photo op. with Gov. Rick Scott, along with Ledbetter's daughter, Kimberly Patterson, Gov. Scott's wife, Ann and Lt. Gov. Jennifr Carroll at the governor's mansion in Tallahassee. 

ORLANDO -- Pledging to his GOP colleagues that he would be a "conservative voice" for the party, Tony Ledbetter, chairman of the Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County, was elected Congressional Dis. 6 chairman for the Republican Party of Florida at its annual meeting this weekend at the Rosen Centre Hotel. 

"I am honored by the support from the conservative leaders in Congressional District 6. I will be a conservative voice on the State Executive Board of the Florida Republican Party," said Ledbetter, of Ormond Beach, who will represent Volusia, Putnam, St. John and Flagler counties on the State Executive Board of the Republican Party for the next two years.

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GRANDILLE, Mich. -- President Trump Hosts 4th Of July Parade & Fireworks 2017 Independence Day. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence, are expected to participate in this Independence Day parade in Grandville.

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Republican Party Chair Tony Ledbetter lobbies for Linda Costello

Volusia County GOP Chair Tony Ledbetter / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Tony Ledbetter, head ogf Volusia County Republican Executive Committee, is pleased his party has majoriry control in the 5-member school board and 7-member County Council, even though the elected seats in both are non-partisan. He's now lobbying for Linda Costello, a Republican, for chair of the School Board.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- For perhaps the first time in Volusia County history or at least in the last several decades, the Republican Party has a majority on the County Council and the School Board, even though they are deemed non-partisan elected posts per home-rule charter.

But that hasn't stopped Tony Ledbetter, chairman of the Volusia County GOP executive committee from injecting partisan ideology and party identification.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- The following is a database of election campaign contributions from principals of Waverly Media to candidates for public offices in Volusia County in the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013 election cycles. The source of information is the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections candidate reports.

Joshua Wagner, District 2 County Council

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Incumbent silent on growing advertising authority controversy and her role in it

David Machuga files to run for dis 3 County Council / Headline Surfer®County Councilwoman Deb Denys / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer® / David Machuga is shown  in front of the historic Volusia County Courthouse where he filed paperwork to run for the dis. 3 seat on the County Council against incumbent Deborah Denys in the 2014 elections. 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Citing Abraham Lincoln's "government of the people, by the people and for the people," David Machuga of New Smyrna Beach announced his candidacy today for the district 3 seat on the Volusia County Council against first-term incumbent Deborah Denys who finds herself in the midst of a media firestorm over her handling of the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority.

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DeBary house fire deathA man perished in a fire that destroyed his DeBary home early Sunday morning, authorities said.

DEBARY -- The body of a man was found in the charred remains of his home early this morning at 54 W. Highbanks Road, a Volusia County Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

"(The fire) was reported at 9:19 Sunday morning, after a passerby spotted flames coming from the windows of the home," Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said." Volusia County and Orange City firefighters began dousing the flames at about 9:25 a.m. and then entered the residence. Firefighters found the deceased man at about 9:34 a.m."

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Mitt RomneyFormer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is in the driver's seat early in the 2012 campaign toward the GOP nomination after his narrow victory in Iowa as Florida Republicans await their chance to vote in the Jan. 31 primary.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A win is a win, even by eight votes and Mitt Romney, dubbed the "Massachusetts Moderate" by former House speaker Newt Gingrich, kept his front runner status over upstart upstart Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucus.

Gingrich is holding out hope is past associations with President Regan back in the 80s will jump start his Conservative label with GOP voters who are of the opinion that Romney represents the best hope of Keeping President Obama from another four years in the White House.