DAYTONA BEACH, Fla -- When it comes to elected office in Volusia County, a trio of politicians have repeatedly enjoyed the thrill of victory, but never the agony of defeat in campaign runs for more than one office: Joyce Cusack, Dorothy Hukill, and Ben Johnson.
As fate would have it, Johnson succeeded the term-limited Cusack in the at-large county council seat, having won it outright in the Aug. 24 primary, after easily dispatching two opponents.
Johnson was Volusia County's elected sheriff for 16 years before retiring in 2016. His retirement from elected office didn't last long, however. Johnson was formally sworn into office Thursday in the Frank T. Bruno, Jr. County Council Chambers in DeLand.
Also sworn in was political newcomer Barbara Girtman of DeLand, who narrowly defeated District 1 incumbent Pat Patterson in the November general elections, as well as district 3's Deb Denys of New Smyrna Beach and District 5's Fred Lowry of Deltona, both of whom were re-elected after decisive wins in the August primary and November elections, respectively.