Central Florida Politician of the Year: State Rep. Dave Hood of greater Daytona Beach

Thanksgiving Day Inspiration: Ex-Ormond mayor survives return of brain cancer

DaveHood / Certificate: Central Fla Poliytician of the Year / Headline SurferDave Hood speaks as Dwayne Taylor looks on in the State Assembly / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer video and photos by Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick / Don't mind Dave Hood's funky hair style. After all, he's overcome the return of brain cancer since winning election in 2012 as the state representative for the 25th district in the Florida Statehouse. Click the video to watch the Headline Surfer® interview with Hood on overcoming brain cancer for the 2nd time and his reaction to receiving the 24/7 internet newspaper's inaugural award as 'Central Florida's Politician of the Year' on this Thanksgiving.  At left, Hood is shown speaking during a debate on the floor as colleague Dwayne Taylor, D-Daytona Beach, looks on.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Nobody would have second-guessed Dave Hood had he missed time from his legislative duties in Tallahassee as the state representative for the 25th district representing greater Daytona Beach. After all, he had to overcome the return of brain cancer earlier this year. 

But Hood, the former Ormond Beach mayor with a list of community and civic involvement a mile long, didn't miss a single day of the Spring session at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, despite intense chemotherapy treatments that left him weak and nauseated.

"Only his closest friends and family members knew the extent of his cancer," said Frankie Robert, his senior legislative assistant at the Daytona district office.

"Only his closest friends and family members knew the extent of his cancer," said Frankie Robert, his senior legislative assistant at the Daytona district office. 

Without hesitation, State Rep. Dave Hood, R-Daytona Beach, is the inaugural winner of the Headline Surfer® "Central Florida Politician of the Year" for 2013 on this sacred American holiday, Thanksgiving.

State Rep. ML Magar with colleague Dave Hood / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / State Rep. Dave Hood, R-Daytona Beach, confers with colleague Marylynn 'ML' Magar, R-Tequesta, on the House floor on April 2.

The 24/7 internet newspaper interviewed Hood in his 7th-floor district legislative office, 444 Seabreeze Blvd., on Monday afternoon, in between a hectic schedule with his law office, just three floors above.

What is truly amazing about Hood, 59, is his unwavering commitment to his constituents and how he's able to put his cancer in perspective, pointing out that there are other people worse off. And anyone with any self-pity could look to Hood in how he compares his plight with that of a 7-year-old girl he met who suffers from the deadly disease.

"The truth of it is, I'm fine," he said, in comparison to the ordeal the child he met during treatments is going through.

State RTep. Dave Hood, R-Daytona Beach, on the Statehouse floor during a debate / Headline Sufer®State Rep. Dave Hood confers with college Katie Edwards of Plantation / Headline Surfer®State Rep. Dave Hood, R-Daytona Beach, is shown, March 22, on the House floor during a debate. In the inset photo, Hood is shown the day before conferring with colleague Katie Edwards, D-Plantation.

Hood's cancer returned within weeks of his election victory over Port Orange Democrat Kristina Kephart, a newcomer to politics. Hood, who originally was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor nearly seven years ago, wrote a letter on July 25, to his House colleagues about the return of brain cancer, and that he underwent another brain operation two weeks prior to letting them know of his situation.

He wrote in part to his colleagues: "I would like to take the opportunity to express my deepest heartfelt appreciation for your prayers, support and compassion. The tumor was removed. I will continue treating and fighting the disease and I am expected to make a full recovery."

Quoting Winston Churchill, Hood said he's learned to overcome what cancer has taken from him; yet he's able and willing to continue on: "You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give."

And though Hood has yet to make a formal announcement, he said he has every intention of running again for re-election in 2014.

Headline Surfer® salutes Charles "Dave" David Hood on this Thanksgiving Day with the the 24/7 internet newspaper's inaugural "Central Florida Politician of the Year for 2013.

Here is a larger likeness of the award:

Dave Hood, Central Florida Politician of the Year / Headline Surfer®

 FAST FACTS: Dave Hood

Florida State Rep. Dave Hood, R-Ormond Beach / Headline Surfer®Full Name: Charles 'Dave' David Hood
Age: 59, DOB, 04/24/1954; Fort Polk, LA Moved to Florida: 1978 Family: Wife, Lorraine; 3 children Religious: Christian (Presbyterian)
Education: University of South Carolina, B.A., cum laude, 1972-1975; University of South Carolina Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1975-1978
Occupation: Attorney/Managing Partner: Smith, Hood, Stout, Bigman & Brock, P.A.
City of Residence: Daytona Beach Shores
Party: Republican
Current Office: State House (FL) - District 25, elected Nov. 6, 2012, 2-year term, up for re-election in 2014
Current committees/subcommittees in the Florida House: Committee Membership Criminal Justice Subcommittee Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee Health Innovation Subcommittee Joint Administrative Procedures Committee K-12 Subcommittee
Previous Elective Offices: City of Ormond Beach, City Commissioner, 1992-1994, Mayor, 1994-1999
Recreational Interests: Baseball, golf, tennis
Other Public Service:
5th District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Committee, chairman, 2009-present;
ACT, Board of Directors, chairman, 2007-2008;
Metropolitan Planning Organization, chairman, executive board, 1996-1999;
Volusia Local Government Study Commission, chairman, 1998-1999;
Ormond Beach Claims Committee, 1994-1998;
Volusia County Council of Governments, chairman, 1995-1997;
East Florida Regional Planning Council, 1992-1993; Volusia County School Board's School Construction Committee, 1987-1991;
Committee on Drop-Outs, 1988-1992;
State Forum on Children at Risk, 1988-1990;
Volusia County Committee on Education Compact, 1988-1990;
Volusia County Task Force on Extended School Year, 1990;
Florida Hospital Foundation, Board of Directors, 2008-present;
Florida Hospital Operating Review Board, chair, Board of Directors, 2011-present;
Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, 2012-present;
Margarita Society of Volusia County, charter member;
Volusia County Incubator Advisory Board, 2012-present;
Easter Seals Society, chairman, Board of Directors, 1987-2005 (Easter Seals, Lily Award, 2005);
Halifax Habitat for Humanity, Review Committee, chairman, 2000;
Board of Directors, chairman, 2001-2004;
CORE Employer Services, Inc., Board of Directors, 2001-2003;
Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 1997-2000;
Metropolitan Planning Organization, Executive Board member, 1996-1999;
Serenity House, Board of Directors, 1991-1997;
United Way of Volusia County, Inc., Board of Directors, 1986-1992;
Daytona Beach Kiwanis, Board of Directors, Chairman, 1984-1986, 1988 president, 1989-1990; 
Edgar Allen Founder Society, 2001;
Governor’s Wild Fire Task Force, 1998;
Greater Volusia Tennis League, President, 1982-1984.

Multimedia: Public candidate debate

Headline Surfer® videos produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick / Dave Hood, R-Daytona Beach Shores, and Christina Spencer Kephart, D-Port Orange, take part in a public candidate debate for state representative district 25 in the Port Orange City Council chambers on the eve of the 2012 general elections. The debate was sponsored by Headline Surfer®. Hood won the 24/7 internet newspaper's endorsement and easily won the race, with 61.3% of the vote. 

Did You Know?

Dave Hood administered oath of office as state representative  / Headline Surfer®State Rep. Dave Hood, R-Daytona Beach, is sworn in as a legislaor as is David Santiago, R-Deltona,  shown on his right with the red tie, on Nov. 20, 2012.

State Rep. Dave Hood enjoys the highest marks of his colleagues in the House among the following rankings: 
Florida Chamber of Commerce (positions favoring business and consumers), Hood scored 97%, among the highest statewide.
By comparison, dist. 25 State Rep. Travis Hutson, NPA-, scored 93%; dist. 27 State Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, scored 95%; dist. 26 State Rep. Dwayne Taylor, D-Daytona Beach, scored 67%.
Among Americans for Prosperity, a Conservative tracking group, Hood scored 88%; Hutson 83%; Santiago 62% and Taylor, 39%.
Source: Smart Vote.
State Rep. Dave Hood bill sponsorships, Florida Statehouse for 2014 / Headline Surfer®At left are bills either sponsored or co-sponsored by State Rep. Dave Hood for the 2014 legislative session.




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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.