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Candidates for local, county and state office had a chance to meet and greet voters during the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce’s Hob Nob 2018 at Chess Park in Downtown DeLand.

The event provided prospective politicians a chance to get their message to voters face-to-face, two weeks before the Aug. 28 primary election.

The Hob Nob took place in the shadow of the Volusia County Historic Courthouse, which houses the Volusia County Department of Elections. 

Voters and candidates alike also got a possible preview of the election’s outcome, as they cast ballots in a straw poll, which were tallied with the use of an actual Department of Elections voting machine. 

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU — Voters, candidates and others mix and mingle in Chess Park in Downtown DeLand during the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce Hob Nob 2018. ” width=”696″ height=”522″ />

GETTING TO KNOW YOU — Voters, candidates and others mix and mingle in Chess Park in Downtown DeLand during the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce Hob Nob 2018. 

 

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PATRIOTIC APPAREL — Kathy Pugh, along with Dan and Jessica Dragonetti, donned plenty of red, white and blue in honor of the occasion. ” width=”696″ height=”928″ />

PATRIOTIC APPAREL — Kathy Pugh, along with Dan and Jessica Dragonetti, donned plenty of red, white and blue in honor of the occasion. 

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GONE TO THE DOGS — Barbara Grimm, a volunteer with the local Democratic Party, brought along her companion Luna.” width=”696″ height=”522″ />

GONE TO THE DOGS — Barbara Grimm, a volunteer with the local Democratic Party, brought along her companion Luna.

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Angelic music — Harpist Melody Long Anglin provides a soundtrack to the Hob Nob.

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INTENSE FOCUS — Hob Nob attendees make some tough choices as they fill out their ballots for the straw poll. The ballots were run through an actual Department of Elections vote-tabulating machine.” width=”696″ height=”522″ />

INTENSE FOCUS — Hob Nob attendees make some tough choices as they fill out their ballots for the straw poll. The ballots were run through an actual Department of Elections vote-tabulating machine.

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Beacon sales consultant Janet Wilson, left, mingles with Debbie Tolan and Susan Sexton near The Beacon‘s table. ” width=”696″ height=”522″ />

Beacon sales consultant Janet Wilson, left, mingles with Debbie Tolan and Susan Sexton near The Beacon‘s table. 

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THE RESULTS ARE IN — Tammy Mauldin (facing forward, in pink shirt) announces the results of the Hob Nob’s straw poll to an eager group of attendees. ” width=”696″ height=”522″ />

THE RESULTS ARE IN — Tammy Mauldin (facing forward, in pink shirt) announces the results of the Hob Nob’s straw poll to an eager group of attendees. 

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