NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- So who won the big presidential debate? Shane Porter, who runs the Counseling Center of New Smyrna Beach, believes Mitt Romney rocked the vote with his showing.

"It's my opinion that Romney showed himself as a true leader," Porter said. "I now understand why he is successful. He can't be bullied. That was very interesting to see."

Headline Surfer videos by Serafina Frederick / Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson speaks with Headline Surfer Editor/Publisher Henry Frederick for The Sunday Conversation, the 24/7 Internet newspaper's online show focusing on newsmakers. 

DELAND -- Ben Johnson is the longest serving employee of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office ever with 39 years under his belt. Oh, and he's the sheriff, rounding out 12 years in elective office as he gears up for a fourth four-year term in the November general elections. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Sheriff Ben Johnson has provided strong leadership as Volusia County's top cop for the last 12 years and we see no compelling argument from his challenger, Wendell Bradford, or anyone else for that matter, as to why he should be not be re-elected Nov. 6. Headline Surfer fully endorses Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.

Nancy Epps and Joshus WagnerHeadline Surfer photo by Henry Frederick / Former Ponce Inlet Mayor Nancy Epps, shown here, is challenging first-term dist. 2 Volusia County Council member Joshua Wagner in the Nov. 6 general elections.  

PORT ORANGE -- Challenger Nancy Epps and incumbent dist. 2 Volusia County Council member Joshua Wagner have each committed to participating in a public debate sponsored by Headline Surfer leading up to the Nov. 6 general elections.

Epps, who finished second to Wagner in the Aug. 14 primary in a three-way contest to force the run-off said she's looking forward to debating the issues.

News-Journal Editor Pat Rice with Dorothy HukillFrank BrunoPat Rice of the Daytona Beach News-Journal poses for a photo with State Senate GOP candidate and State Rep. Dorothy Hukill following a debate with fellow candidate Frank Bruno, a Democrat and Volusia County chair. Rice moderated the private debate put on by The Tiger Bay Club.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Jason Davis, the upstart county chair candidate snubbed in an earlier Tiger Bay Club debate that featured fellow candidates Carl Persis and Ted Doran, remained an after-thought Tuesday with a new debate between dist. 8 State Senate candidates Dorothy Hukill and Frank Bruno.

With the appearance of egg on its face after Davis finished second in the Aug. 14 primary to Persis to force a runoff in November, Tiger Bay turned to the biggest political heavyweights, Republican State Rep. Hukill and Democrat Bruno, Volusia's county chair. 

Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno is the Democratic candidate in the Nov. 6 general elections for the newly-created dist. 8 seat in the Florida State Senate, representing portions of Volusia, Flagler and Marion counties.
Dorothy Hukill and familyRepublican State Senate dist. 8 candidate Dorothy Hukill's greatest asset is her family, as shown here before her 2012 campaign kick-off event Sunday at the Lakeside Community Center in Port Orange.

Editor's Note: Here is the full text of Republican Dorothy Hukill's speech at her campaign kick-off, attended by 250-plus supporters:

Thank you everybody for being here. Welcome to our campaign kickoff! I’m Dorothy Hukill, State Representative for District 28 and currently a candidate for State Senate, District 8.

Headline Surfer video by Serafina Frederick / Editor/Publisher Henry Frederick interviews Jason Davis of Edgewater.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Nothing is mission impossible for Jason Davis, candidate for Volusia County chair, who finished second in the Aug. 14 primary in a field of three, but good enough to force a runoff with first-place finisher Carl Persis of Ormond Beach.

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Editor's Note: Here is the weekly message from Congressman Ron DeSantis...

Congressman Ron DeSantisWASHINGTON, D.C. -- Dear Friend – Last week, you helped me reach over 1,000 Facebook likes, which was a wonderful way to celebrate my first 100 days in Congress! Thank you to everyone who has connected with on Facebook and on Twitter at @RepDeSantis - hearing from you is the most important part of my job.

It is a privilege and an honor to represent Florida's sixth district in Congress! When I announced last week that I had co-sponsored legislation mandating that the new drone medal not be given a higher precedence than the Purple Heart, I also stated that it was my hope that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel would simply handle it himself at the Department of Defense level.

I am pleased to report that Secretary Hagel has discontinued the drone medal entirely.

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