Similar vetting to be held in Daytona, New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange, DeLand, Deltona, Lake Mary & Sanford
DAYTONA BEACH -- Qualifying for the 2014 elections ends June 20. With that in mind, Headline Surfer® will begin its 2014 "public candidate debates" in the Oak Hill City Hall on June 24-25 with a focus on the district 3 and at-large County Council races as well as the two city commission seats.
The 24/7 internet newspaper has officially reserved the Oak Hill Commission Chambers through City Clerk/Administrator Kohn Evans for 5 to 8:30 p.m. that Tuesday and Wednesday.
Exact line-ups will be announced on Monday. Candidates will be contacted in writing and are expected to show up and show true transparency by answering questions. These first round of debates will be sponsored and moderated by Headline Surfer®.
The debates will be videotaped and presented on YouTube as well as on the internet newspaper's home page. Audience participation is key to Headline Surfer's public candidate debates with the emphasis on "public."
Additional debates will be scheduled during the primary season in New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange, Daytona Beach, DeLand and Deltona, as well as in Sanford and Lake Mary in Seminole County, leading up to the Aug. 26 primary. Headline Surfer® hopes to have the primary schedule finished by the start of early voting, which begins Aug.16-23.
Then a whole new round of debates will be scheduled for the runoff elections in November. Headline Surfer sponsored and moderated 16 debates in 2012 and two in 2009. The internet newspaper also will issue full endorsements, some possibly for the primary contests as well as for the runoffs.
Here are specifics for the races and candidates scheduled for the initial debate nights in Oak Hill: