Political insider Glenn Storch donates to county council candidate's campaign

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Daytona private attorney represents major developers at public hearings

Daytona Beach private attorney Glenn Storch / Headline SurferFred Lowry, Jr., Deltona City Council member running for county council / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Glenn Storch, shown far left, has donated $250 to the campaign of Fred Lowry, Jr, a Deltona city commissioner, who is running in the 2014 elections for a seat on the Volusia County Council.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Whether it's the Hard Rock Cafe on Daytona's beachside, the Farmton near Oak Hill or ABC Liquors in New Smyrna Beach, private attorney Glenn Storch has staked his place in insider politics.

After all, Storch makes his living off the big-ticket developers and their multi-million-dollar projects that are considered by municipal and county government entities.

So it should come as no surprise that Storch already has already invested in one announced candidate for elected office next year -- Fred Lowry, a first-term Deltona city commissioner, running for the district 5 seat on the Volusia County Council representing greater Deltona, according to candidate financial disclosure forms on file with the Volusia Supervisor of Elections. Storch has contributed $250 for Lowry's campaign.

Fred Lowry campaign contribution from attorney Glenn Storch / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer snapshot graphic / Daytona Beach private attorney Glenn Storch is the first political insider to donate to a campaign for a candidate seeking office in the 2014 elections, in this case, Fred Lowry, Jr., who is running for the district 5 seat on the Volusia County Council. Storch donated $250 as shown in this graphic from the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections. Lowry is a first-term Deltona city commissioner elected in 2010.

Glenn Storch makes a living representing developers and their large-scale projects, especially in Greater New Smyrna Beach, where he has represented the legal interests of ABC Liquors and Mullinax Ford, in their respective re-locations from U.S. 1 to State Road 44. He also was the attorney of record for the $15 million Hampton Inn, which opened last winter on New Smyrna Beach's Flagler Avenue. Storch, the consummate municipal insider, even spoke in favor of the cities earlier this year when the County Council was considering tighter restrictions on new CRAs. 

Attorney Glenn Storch with NSB Hampton Inn developer David Swentor / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photo / Glenn Storch (with pen in hand) advises Hampton Inn developer David Swentor at a New Smyrna Beach City Commission meeting last year.

Glenn Storch makes a living representing developers and their large-scale projects, especially in Greater New Smyrna Beach, where he has represented the legal interests of ABC Liquors and Mullinax Ford, in their respective re-locations from U.S. 1 to State Road 44. He also was the attorney of record for the $15 million Hampton Inn, which opened last winter on New Smyrna Beach's Flagler Avenue. Storch, the consummate municipal insider, even spoke in favor of the cities earlier this year when the County Council was considering tighter restrictions on new CRAs. 

Lowry, a first-term Deltona city commissioner elected in 2010, has amassed the biggest campaign war chest so far in qualifying for the 2014 elections with $11,250. While the amount appears sizable, that's because Lowry loaned his account $8,000 out of his own pocket. Lowry is seeking the district 5 county council seat currently held by Patricia Northey, who is term-limited.

Northey in turn has filed papers running for the at-large county council seat held by Joyce Cusack, who is seeking re-election. Northey has $450 in her account and Cusack $100.00.

The fifth candidate announced so far for the 2014 countywide elections is incumbent dist. 3 County Council member Deb Denys of New Smyrna Beach.

So far, Denys account shows no contributions, but it's early yet with qualifying continuing into June for the 2014 elections.

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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 since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.