OUR ENDORSEMENT in Oak Hill: Linda Hyatt for re-election on the City Commission

Headline Surfer video / Multimedia presentation featuring Linda Hyatt's quest for re-election to the Oak Hill City Commission on Election Day here in Volusia County, Florida.
 
Endorsements / Headline SurferBy HENRY FREDERICK
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OAK HILL, Fla -- There is a social media download on Oak Hill City Commissioner Linda Hyatt's Facebook page that reads, "Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you." 

And so goes the philosophy that reflects Hyatt's approach to elected public service. As such, Hyatt's wisdom and proven experience have proven invaluable in ensuring good governance in Volusia County's smallest and southern-most eastside city straddling Brevard County.

Hyatt prides herself on being a "Real Floridian," and one who has given her all for Oak Hill.

This will be Hyatt's third four-year term should she prevail against challenger Mike Arman in the Nov. 6 mid-term elections. She won her first election in 2018, narrowly lost in her quest for mayor against incumbent Doug Gibson in 2012, then came back strong in 2014 to win a second term on the dais against then-incumbent Ron Engle.

Arman, 72,  has been a regular attendee at commission meetings in recent years and has voluntarily served as Oak Hills economic development director, but he's a lot of talk with little to show for it in the way of results, though he means well.

Clearly, Hyatt's proven experience in her eight years on the dais, especially serving in a leadership capacity as vice mayor for the last two years and earlier, should resonate with the voters in this rural coastal community.

Oak Hill has struggled mightily in recent years with limited finances and the ever-increasing need for sewers and the clean-up of the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon, an estuary oasis for fish and other wildlife and a boating destination. But it also is threatened by encroaching red tide that is creeping up the Atlantic shoreline and recently spotted in northern Brevard County waters.

Hyatt knows these environmental issues firsthand as she lives off of Mosquito Lagoon not far from her famous seasonal resident-neighbor, NFL Hall of Famer and two-time Superbowl champion Miami Dolphins RB Larry Csonka.

Linda Hyatt seeks re-election in Oak Hill, FL / Headline SurferOak Hill has struggled mightily in recent years with limited finances and the ever-increasing need for sewers and the clean-up of the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon, an estuary oasis for fish and other wildlife and a boating destination. But it also is threatened by encroaching red tide that is creeping up the Atlantic shoreline and recently spotted in northern Brevard County waters.

Hyatt, knows these environmental issues firsthand as she lives off of Mosquito Lagoon not far from her famous seasonal resident-neighbor, NFL Hall of Famer and two-time Superbowl champion Miami Dolphins RB Larry Csonka.

Hyatt's overall commitment to Volusia County's smallest city with 1,792 residents, her wisdom and her common-sense approach to governance are all so vitally important now and in the foreseeable future. As such, Linda Hyatt Hyatt has the full strength of the Headline Surfer endorsement. 

A key part of governance is the integral involvement of an elected leader in the community - when not on the dais with the agenda-government driven formalities. Hyatt is personally invested in Oak Hill's cultural, educational, and civic endeavors.

And that definitively puts Linda Hyatt head and shoulders above her would-be challenger who is primarily entwined in insider-government appointment and process with little-proven results.

 

Endorsed Candidate: Linda Hyatt
Office Sought: Re-election to Oak Hill City Commission Seat 1 
Age: 74
Origin: Born in Orlando and raised in St. Augustine, before settling into Oak Hill in the1980s; where being an avid hunter has proven fruitful...
Family: Married nearly 50 years to James Hyatt...
Education: Graduated Orange Memorial School of Nursing in 1965, attended the University of Central Florida for nursing. 
Career: Retired registered nurse supervisor; has served two four-year terms on the Oak Hill City Commission, first elected in 2008, came up short in campaign for mayor in 2012, and won a second and current commission seating in 2014.
Civic/Community: Memberships in friends of the Oak Hill Library and Oak Hill Garden Club, board member in Oak Hill Community Trust, active with Burns Sci-Tech Charter School, started Started TNR or 'Trap,Neuter,Return' to control Oak Hill's feral cat population.
 
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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 for a decade now. 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 dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.