NSB Commission candidate Jake Sachs makes appearance in Oak Hill public candidate debates

Public candidate debates held in Oak Hill, Fl / Headline Surfer®

Declines comment on opponent Steve Sather and his no contest cocaine plea

Headline Surfer® video produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina King-Frederick / New Smyrna Beach City Commission candidate Jake Sachs appears in 'open mic' session of HeadlineSurfer.com public candidate debates at the Oak Hill City Hall. Sachs is shown here in the video with the moderator, Henry Frederick, publisher of the 24/7 internet newspaper. His opponent, Stephen Sather, shown below at left, pleaded no contest in open court in 1992 to attempting to purchase a large quantity of cocaine from an undercover cop posing as a drug dealer. Sachs, shown in the inset below, was successful in getting motorist speeds lowered on Third Avenue on the beachside while serving as a citizen advisor to the Volusia Transportation Planning Organization, where his advocacy led to this safety sign being posted.
 

Steve Sather, who pleaded no contest to cocaine charges is running for NSB commissioner / Headline Surfer®Jake Sachs, candidate for a New Smyrna Beach commissioner seat stands on Third Aveveue, where he got speeds lowered / Headline Surfer®OAK HILL -- Jake Sachs believes the merits of his own candidacy for New Smyrna Beach City Commission seat far outweigh the need to discuss his opponent's seedy criminal drug past.

Sachs appeared in the "open mic" session of the HeadlineSurfer.com public candidate debates held over two nights at the Oak Hill City Hall with 45 people attending the opening night and 75-plus the second night.

Sach's opponent is Stephen P. "Steve" Sather, who, back in 1992, pleaded "no contest" to trying to purchase a large quantity of cocaine from an undercover cop in New Smyrna Beach who was posing as a drug dealer.

While this is Sach's maiden run, Sather ran unsuccessfully for the same seat back in 2009, against then-first-term incumbent Grasty.

This led to revelation of Sather's sordid criminal past with stories published in the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper and he finished dead last in a three-way August primary won by Grasty with another candidate, Palmer Wilson, finishing second.

Because Grasty captured more than 50 percent of the votes cast, he was automatically returned to the seat without having to deal with a run-off election that November. 

Publisher Henry Frederick interviews NSB Commission candidate Jake Sachs in Oak Hill prior to debates / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer photo by Multimedia Editor Serafina King-Frederick /
Jake Sachs (shown in blue shirt), candidate for a seat on the New Smyrna Beach City Commission, is interviewed by Henry Frederick, publisher of the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper, at Oak Hill City Hall during the 'open mic' portion on the opening night of two consecutive nights of public candidate debates at Oak Hill City Hall.
 

Because Sachs and Sather are the only contestants in the race this time around, they will bypass the Aug. 26 primary and instead square off in the November elections.

Sachs, a retired firefighter, who led a grassroots effort to reduce driver speed limits on Third Avenue, the main artery on the beachside, which has stretches where the roadway is five lanes -- turning lane in the median -- after two pedestrian deaths. 

As for his opponent Sather's seedy cocaine past, Sach's declined to get into it. "I'm running on my own merits," Sachs said, adding he's focused on his own campaign. Sather did not return messages for comment.

As for his opponent Sather's seedy cocaine past, Sach's declined to get into it. "I'm running on my own merits," Sachs said, adding he's focused on his own campaign. Sather did not return messages for comment.

The open mic sessions preceded a debate for one of two Oak Hill City Commission seats and prime-time debates for two seats on the Volusia County Council: The district 3 seat on the opening night featured challengers David Machuga of New Smyrna Beach and Justin Kennedy of Edgewater. The incumbent, Deb Denys, was a no-show.

The second night's prime-time debate was for the at-large County Council seat between incumbent Joyce Cusack of DeLand and one of her challengers, Webster Barnaby of Deltona. Her other opponent, Patricia Northey of Deltona, term-limited in her district 5 seat on the County Council and in her 20th year on the dais, was a no-show.

Summaries of the debates and open mics are being published in individual stories. As for Sachs, he's seeking the seat 2 seat o the New Smyrna Beach City Commission seat currently held by Jack Grasty, who is running for mayor against former colleague Jim Hathaway. 

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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.