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New members will fill two vacant seats
By Pat Andrews
posted Nov 15, 2012 - 1:08:23pm
Word has come down from the governor: Newly elected Volusia County Chair Jason Davis will take office more than a month ahead of schedule.
Volusia County spokesman Dave Byron said Gov. Rick Scott wanted Davis and newly elected District 4 representative Doug Daniels sworn in Dec. 6 rather than at the prescribed Jan. 10 organizational meeting.
The two men will fill two vacant seats on the seven-member County Council. Chair Frank Bruno had to resign effective Nov. 5, because he was running for a state Senate seat, and District 4 representative Carl Persis had resigned in June, because of the requirements of his retirement pension.
Persis was also a candidate for chair, but lost the race to Davis. Bruno lost the District 8 Senate race to Dorothy Hukill.
Two more new County Council members were also elected Nov. 6, but won't be sworn in until the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10. Pat Patterson, who served on the County Council 1995-98, will resume his old District 1 seat, and Deb Denys will be sworn in as the representative for District 3.
Meanwhile, County Council incumbents Josh Wagner, who represents District 2, and Pat Northey, who represents District 5, were re-elected. At-large County Council Member Joyce Cusack was the only one of the seven whose seat was not up for election this year.
The public is welcome to witness the swearing-in of Davis and Daniels during the meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Frank T. Bruno County Council Chambers in the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center at 123 W. Indiana Ave. in DeLand.
After he is sworn in, Davis will preside over the meeting.
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