Internet newspaper to hold public candidate debates July 28 in New Smyrna Beach for city & county races

County Council dis 3 candidates Justin Kennedy, David Machuga debate issues, incumbent Deb Denys a no-show / Headline Surfer®County Councilwoman Deb Denys skipped out on the public candidate debates in Oak Hill / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photo /
Volusia County Council candidates Justin Kennedy and David Machuga are shown in the recent Public candidate Debates in the Oak Hill City Hall Commission Chambers. Incumbent Deb Denys, shown in the inset, was a no-show as demonstrated by the empty seat in the debate image with the empty chair. Will she do the same in her hometown of New Smyrna Beach in the upcoming debates?

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Public Candidate Debates will continue with a new session at the Brannon Center on July 28, with vetting for two New Smyrna Beach city races as well as two seats on the Volusia County Council.

The debates will be held 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, on the last Monday of the month.

Citizens attending will be allowed to ask questions of the candidates as well. Joining the moderator, Publisher Henry Frederick, in asking questions of the candidates will be chief political blogger Dana Swanson as well as a representative of Volusia Tax Reform.

The debates will be videotaped and posted on as well as on YouTube. They will also be available in the major search engines through key word searches "public candidate debates" new smyrna beach" and "2014."

Here is the schedule:

-- 5:30-7 p.m. -- Open Mic.

Candidates for public offices throughout Violusia County will be welcomed to the microphone to speak about issues in their race. Each candidate will have between 5-15 minutes in a one-on-one interview with the moderator in front of the citizens attending and the internet newspaper's video camera.

10 minute break

7:15-8:30 p.m. County Council District 3 Challengers Justin Kennedy and David Machuga and incumbent Deb Denys will debate the issues.

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Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via 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.