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By Beacon Staff
posted Jul 17, 2012 - 3:07:48pm
Editor’s note: Welcome to “Campaign Diary,” a collection of election tidbits contributed by members of The Beacon staff, as we march along the campaign trail, following those who seek elected office on this year’s crowded ballots.
Longtime Volusia County residents — actually, anyone in the world — may remember Volusia County’s prominent role in the Election of the Hanging Chads in 2000.
Overseeing our recount, the only one completed in Florida before the U.S. Supreme Court called a halt to the process statewide, was County Judge Michael McDermott, who happened to have drawn the “chairman of the canvassing board” card for that year.
McDermott was decisive, collected and determined, unruffled by the presence of story-hungry journalists from around the world pressing against the observation barriers.
Why are we telling you this story? Because, this year, McDermott’s doppelgänger in print is running for county judge, Group 8.
Apparently the risk of confusion between candidate Michael McDermott, 57, and retired County Judge Michael McDermott, considerably older, is great enough that McDermott’s sole opponent in the Group 8 race, incumbent County Judge Bryan A. Feigenbaum, plans to include in his campaign materials a statement by McDermott the Elder that clarifies that the elder and once world-famous McDermott is not coming out of retirement to run again for a judgeship.
At least readers of The Beacon won’t be confused.
By the way, even in the second count, Volusia County went for Al Gore. Which may explain why hand recounts, in most cases, have been made illegal by the Republican-leaning Florida Legislature.
No confusion there.
— The Beacon staff
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