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By BEACON STAFF
posted Aug 28, 2014 - 11:15:29am
• Veteran U.S. Rep. John Mica trounced three challengers in the District 7 race, winning 74.97 percent of the vote in Volusia County and a similar percentage districtwide.
"I'm just glad it's over," the 11-term congressman said. "Tomorrow we've got a lot of issues facing the community."
Mica said he would be immediately focusing on expansion of the Orange City veterans' clinic.
"We've got a lot of stuff we want to get done in Volusia County," he said.
• DeLand city elections weren't even close. Anti-City Hall candidates Pat Johnson for mayor, Krystal Brown for City Commission Seat 3, and Scott Price for City Commission Seat 5 — all supported by the mostly anonymous critics organized as DeLand CPR — all were soundly defeated.
Incumbent Leigh Matusick in Seat 5 had the closest race, winning by 602 votes, for 56.88 percent of the ballots to Price's 43.12 percent.
Incumbent Mayor Bob Apgar had 72.75 percent of the vote to Johnson's 27.25 percent, and in the Seat 3 race, Jessica Davis 72.69 percent to Brown's 27.31 percent.
• Although they approved extending the sales tax for school buildings with a 60-percent majority, Volusia County voters also opened the door for election of a new conservative majority to the School Board.
District 5 School Board Member Diane Smith was defeated by conservative challenger Melody Johnson, 52.41 percent to 47.59 percent.
Also, in District 3, incumbent Stan Schmidt, a moderate Republican, came in third, with 24.41 percent of the vote. His two challengers, Democrat Linda Cuthbert and former Deltona city attorney George Trovato, a Republican, will be in a runoff Nov. 4, with 46.38 percent and 29.21 percent of the vote, respectively.
• In four judicial races, four women were victorious, two of them besting incumbent judges. One of the races has a Nov. 4 runoff, between Kathy Weston and Adam Warren, for the Group 20 Circuit Court judgeship.
• The Volusia County Council at-large race was neck and neck and neck for most of the night. With all precincts counted, two political veterans, incumbent Joyce Cusack and longtime County Council Member Pat Northey will be in a runoff Nov. 4. Cusack got 35.05 percent of the vote, and Northey got 32.58 percent. The third candidate, relative newcomer Webster Barnaby, a Deltona city commissioner, got 32.37 percent of the vote.
With less than a half-percent — only 153 votes — between Northey and Barnaby, a recount is likely.
• There will be another County Council runoff between incumbent Pat Patterson and Andy Kelly in District 1. In that race, Ronnie Mills and Voloria Manning were knocked out. In the District 3 race, which includes part of West Volusia, incumbent Deborah Denys avoided a runoff in a three-way race, by winning 51.24 percent of the ballots.
• Deltona voters will return to the polls in November to select a mayor in a runoff between incumbent John Masiarczyk and challenger Zenaida Denizac, a current city commissioner. On Aug. 26, Masiarczyk got 47.1 percent of the 9,357 votes cast, while Denizac got 32.98 percent. The third mayoral candidate, Jody Lee Storozuk, trailed with 19.92 percent.
• In DeBary, 28-year-old political newcomer Clint Johnson will be mayor. He won 56.5 percent of the vote in a three-way race against two former City Council members, Jack Lenzen and Danny Tillis.
• In Lake Helen, Tura Schnebly and incumbent Cameron Lane will run off Nov. 4 in the City Commission Zone 4 race. Schnebly got 48.61 percent of the vote, and Lane had 28.76 percent.
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