Rich Gailey, district 5 County Council primary winner, epitome of public servant needed on dais

Endorsements: Rich Gailey for County Council district 5 / Headline Surfer®

Rich Gailey wins Aug. 26 primary for Volusia County Council / Headline Surfer®Rich Gailey wins Aug, 26 primary / Headline Surfer®DELTONA -- Rich Gailey has done everything a candidate for public office can do to win the support of the voters, even taking the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Gailey won the Aug. 26 primary in what was a three-way race and there's no reason why the voters in district 5 shouldn't give him the nod when the votes are counted in Tuesday's general election.

He has earned the endorsement of for his honesty, integrity and approach to the campaign.

There really is only one possible scenario the internet newspaper foresees in Gailey's campaign being derailed. And that's a backlash of sympathy votes for opponent Fred Lowry, Jr., like Gailey, a registered Republican, who was dissed by the GOP executive committee led by chairman Tony Ledbetter, which excluded a number of Republicans across the county from its voter guide.

Notable in the primary was two-term incumbent Stan Schmidt, the district 3 School Board member out of Port Orange, who ended up finishing third among three candidates in that race in the primary and out of the running.

Such a scenario, though possible, is unlikely given Lowry's lack of a cohesive campaign platform and his shying away from media interviews. Lowry has been heavily backed by the elite insiders of Daytona Beach.

Lowry has done everything asked of him as a candidate for county office, attending hob nobs, chicken dinner events, including the GOP Lincoln Dinner in Daytona Beach and multiple candidate forums and debates.

Gailey, a financial planner, understands Volusia County's financial plight as the second highest taxed of Florida's 67 counties.










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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 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.