COMING SUNDAY: Internet newspaper endorsement: Rich Gailey or Fred Lowry, Jr. for County Council dis 5 seat?

Rich Gailey, candidate for Volusia County Council dis 5 / Headline Surfer®Fred Lowry, Jr., candidate for Volusia County Council dis 5 / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Rich Gailey, shown at far left, and Fred Lowry, Jr., are on the Nov. 4 ballot for Volusia County Council district 5 representing Deltona, DeBary, Enterprise and a portion of Osteen.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Headline Surfer® will announce its endorsement Sunday for either Rich Gailey or Fred Lowry, Jr. for the Volusia County Council district 5 seat in the Nov. 4 elections.

The internet newspaper endorsed Gailey in the Aug. 26 primary, which he won, and gave a secondary endorsement to the third candidate in the race, Phil Giorno, a former County Council member and chair.

But that was then and this is now. Will Headline Surfer® switch gears and go with Lowry or stay with Gailey? An even bigger question is what will the Volusia County Republican Party do?

The GOP, led by Volusia County Republican Party Chairman Tony Ledbetter, dissed Lowry for the primary, leaving him off the GOP voter guide as was done to a number of candidates throughout the county because Ledbetter said he doesn't agree with non-partisan elections. How that equates with turning on candidates in his own party remains unexplained.

Volusia County GOP Chair Tony Ledbetter / Headline Surfer®The GOP, led by Volusia County Republican Party Chairman Tony Ledbetter, dissed Lowry for the primary, leaving him off the GOP voter guide as was done to a number of candidates throughout the county because Ledbetter said he doesn't agree with non-partisan elections. How that equates with turning on candidates in his own party remains unexplained.

Even more bizarre is 2012 GOP Chair Stan Escudero's support for a Democrat in another non-partisan County Council race (story on the way).

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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.