ENDORSEMENTS: Experienced leadership in John Penny or youthful enthusiasm in Chris via for Holly Hill mayor
'Crazy' Eddie Colosimo and his outspokenness could resonate with voters, too
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.
ENDORSEMENTS: Crist over Rich in Democratic primary sets stage for Nov. showdown with GOP Gov. Rick Scott
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.
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.
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.
Headline Surfer photo / County Councilwoman Deb Denys
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.
DAYTONA 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.
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.
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.