Deltona's Zenaida Denizac seeks statehouse seat being vacated by David Santiago at year's end due to term limits

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DELTONA, Fla -- Republican stalwart Zenaida Denizac has pre-qualified to run for a seat in the Florida Statehouse in 2020.

The District 27 seat is currently held by fellow Deltonan and Republivan David Santiago who must vacate thge seat as year's end due to term limits. 

"I have the knowledge and the work ethic to get things done," Denizac told Headline Surfer after she filed her prequalifying paperwork on Monday with the Florida Division of Elections. "My family has a long history at and a lot at stake in this community."

"I have the knowledge and the work ethic to get things done," Denizac told Headline Surfer after she filed her prequalifying paperwork on Monday with the Florida Division of Elections. "My family has a long history at and a lot at stake in this community."

Denizac is the second candidate to announce a run for the seat. Last month, fellow Republican Webster Barnaby, also of Deltona, announced his intention to run for the seat that carries a two-year term. 

A longtime Spanish teacher at Pine Ridge High School in Deltona, Denizac, 58, is a former Deltona city commisionner who voted against tax increases and water and sewer rate increases, After eight years on the commission, Denizac ran for mayor in 2014, but came up short. She was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Florida in 1986, with her husband, Jose, a cabinet maker by trade and an Army veteran. They have three children.

Barnaby, also a former Deltona City commissioner, ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Volusia County Council and last year sought a seat on the West Volusia Hospital Authority, but came up short.

Santiago was first elected to the Statehouse in 2012 and re-elected twice more. 

Denizac pledged in her platform for elected office Tallahassee to work hard for job creation, strenghtening public education and ensuring infrastructure upgrades for better mobility and future job growth. 

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Post Date: Feb. 21, 2019
 
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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.