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McFall re-elected supervisor by decisive margin
posted Aug 15, 2012 - 8:46:17am
Among Volusia County elected officials in nonpartisan primaries Aug. 14, only Elections Supervisor Ann McFall and County Judge Bryan Feigenbaum won more than 50 percent of the vote in their races — and while McFall's win was decisive, Feigenbaum's race was close.
The primary produced runoffs in all six Volusia County Council races, including the chair election, as well as in the county judge Group 4 race and the School Board District 4 race.
Results are below.
State attorney, Circuit 7
Seventh Judicial Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza hung on to his job in the Aug. 14 primary, winning 67,605 of the 122,264 votes cast, for 55.29 percent. Challenger Stasia Warren, a former Volusia County judge, got 44.71 percent of the vote circuitwide.
The 7th Circuit covers Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties. In Volusia County, Warren got 53.44 percent of the 67,546 votes cast.
The four-person supervisor of elections race produced a decisive win for incumbent Ann McFall, who will keep her office with 47,629 of the 71,879 ballots cast, and 66.26 percent of the vote.
Her closest challenger was County Council Member Andy Kelly, who mustered 13,232 votes for 18.41 percent. Also knocked out in the primary were Teresa Apgar, with 7,184 votes for 9.99 percent, and Beaulah Blanks, whose 3,834 votes gave her 5.33 percent.
Volusia County Clerk of the Court
Incumbent Clerk of the Court Diane Matousek won the Republican primary in this race, with 59.59 percent of the 35,510 ballots cast, to challenger Steve deLaroche's 14,348 votes (40.41 percent). Matousek now faces Christine Sanders, who has no party affiliation, in the Nov. 6 general election.
County Council races
Chair: The county chair race produced a Nov. 6 runoff between former County Council Member Carl Persis of Ormond Beach, who got 40.27 percent of the vote, and political newcomer Jason Davis, a veteran from Edgewater, who got 32.95 percent. Daytona Beach attorney Ted Doran was knocked out of the race, as he got 26.78 percent of the 69,357 ballots cast.
District 1: The crowded field of candidates to represent District 1 on the County Council — including DeLand, Northwest Volusia, Lake Helen, Orange City and half of DeBary — was narrowed down to veteran politician Pat Patterson, who won 34.11 percent of the vote, and former Orange City Council Member Jeff Allebach, who won 24.11 percent. They will be in a Nov. 6 runoff. Knocked out in the primary were Missy Kelly, with 20.86 percent, Ronnie Mills with 13.52 percent, and Terry Dilligard Sr. with 7.41 percent.
District 3: Voters in District 3 — which includes some residents on the eastern edge of West Volusia — will return to the polls Nov. 6 to choose a County Council representative from between James W. Hathaway, who got 36.24 percent of the 15.015 ballots cast, and Deborah Denys, who was very close behind Hathaway with 35.6 percent. Justin Kennedy, with 28.16 percent of the ballots, was knocked out in the primary.
District 4: Doug Daniels, with 37.47 percent, and Shannon McLeish, with 25.97 percent, will head to a Nov. 6 runoff, unless an automatic recount between McLeish and the third-place winner, Jay M. Young, who got 25.79 percent, changes the result. District 4 represents Northeast Volusia residents — and some on the eastern edge of Northwest Volusia — on the County Council. Knocked out in this four-person contest was Damien Richards, who had 10.76 percent of the 15,294 ballots cast.
District 5: Incumbent County Council Member Pat Northey, with 48.48 percent, didn't muster quite enough of the 9,740 ballots cast in Southwest Volusia District 5 to keep her seat on the County Council. She will be in a Nov. 6 runoff with Rich Gailey, who got 30.38 percent. Knocked out in the primary was Realtor Stony Sixma, who got 21.14 percent.
District 2: Incumbent Josh Wagner didn't win 50 percent of the primary vote in this race to represent the Daytona Beach area on the County Council, so he'll be in a runoff with challenger Nancy Epps. Wagner got 44.83 percent of the 16,221 ballots cast. Epps got 36.77 percent. Challenger Ken Ali, who got 18.4 percent of the vote, was knocked out in the primary.
County judge races
The county judge Group 4 race will have a Nov. 6 runoff between Christopher Kelly, who got 31.77 percent of the vote, and Adam Warren, who got 25.11 percent.
The other three candidates were Steven Burk, who got 16.72 percent, Alan Holt, who got 12.62 percent, and Dustin M. Havens, who got 13.77 percent.
In the two-man race for county judge Group 8, incumbent Bryan A. Feigenbaum appeared to have narrowly clung to his office, with 33,926 votes (50.6 percent) to challenger Michael McDermott's 33,119 votes (49.4 percent). Close races are subject to automatic recount only when they are within a half percentage point.
District 4: Linda Costello, wife of state Rep. Fred Costello, won the most votes in this four-person race, with 6,559 and 42.03 percent of the 15,607 ballots cast. She and incumbent School Board Member Judy Conte, who got 34.49 percent of the votes, will be in a Nov. 6 runoff. Knocked out in the primary were candidates Charles F. King, with 13.15 percent, and Walter Fordham, with 10.34 percent.
Deltona City Commission
District 6: A total of 1,360 residents of Deltona City Commission District 6 cast ballots in the primary, producing a runoff between Christopher Nabicht, who won 32.13 percent, and Michael Wycuff, who won 24.63 percent. Knocked out in the primary were incumbent Commissioner Michael Carmolingo, who had 22.43 percent, and George Ronald Watral, with 20.81 percent.
Nabicht and Wycuff will be on the Nov. 6 ballot along with other Deltona City Commission races that had only two candidates.
Republican primary — Connie Mack bested three other Republican candidates to win the nomination with 58.7 percent of the 1,123,325 votes cast statewide.
Dave Weldon got 20.14 percent of the vote, Mike McCallister got 13.84 percent, and Marielena Stuart got 7.31 percent.
In Volusia County, 35,752 Republicans took part in this primary, giving Mack 55.33 percent of the local vote.
Democratic primary — Incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson handily survived a challenge by Glenn A. Burkett. Nelson won 78.83 percent of the 872,501 votes cast statewide, while Burkett got 21.17 percent.
In Volusia County, 27,446 Democrats voted in this primary, giving Nelson 77.68 percent of the vote.
U.S. Representative, District 6
Republican primary — The seven-person race concluded with Ron DeSantis as the winner, with 38.84 percent of the 62,035 votes cast districtwide.
Current state Rep. Fred Costello of Ormond Beach led the rest of the six challengers, with 22.85 percent. Beverly Slough got 13.26 percent, Craig Miller won 13.06 percent, Richard Clark had 9.79 percent, Alec Pueschel had 1.19 percent, and William Billy Kogut brought up the rear with 1.01 percent of the vote.
Volusia County results were similar, except that Costello and DeSantis were separated by just 2.18 percent locally. DeSantis won 34.74 percent of the Volusia County vote, and Costello had 32.56 percent.
Democratic primary — Heather Beaven won the Democratic nomination with 80.49 percent of the 37,101 votes cast districtwide. Vipin Verma got 19.51 percent.
In Volusia County, Beaven got 79.81 percent of the vote, and Verma had 20.19 percent.
U.S. Representative, District 7
Republican primary — Incumbent U.S. Rep. John Mica won the nod from fellow Republicans in this primary, with 61.16 percent of the 52,443 votes cast districtwide. Challenger Sandy Adams won 38.84 percent.
In Volusia County, support was a little stronger for Mica, who won 65.74 percent of the 8,112 votes cast. Adams had 34.26 percent locally.
Democratic primary — Jason Kendall won his party's nomination districtwide, with 61.31 percent of the 20,855 votes cast. Nicholas Ruiz III had 38.69 percent.
In Volusia County, Kendall won 65.78 percent of the 4,377 votes cast, while Ruiz had 34.22 percent.
Representative to Florida House, District 24
Democratic primary — Millissa Holland won the Democratic primary with 67.26 percent of the 8,360 votes cast in the district. Doug Courtney got 32.74 percent.
Holland will face Republican Travis Hutson and Michael Cornish, who has no party affiliation, in the Nov. 6 election.
Representative to Florida House, District 27
Republican primary — Former Deltona City Commissioner David Santiago won his party's primary with 64.99 percent of the vote. George Trovato, Deltona's former city attorney, won 35.01 percent of the 9,304 votes cast in the district, which is dominated by the City of Deltona.
Santiago will face former Deltona Mayor Dennis Mulder, a Democrat, on the Nov. 6 ballot.
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