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Jim HathawayPam BrangaccioNew Smyrna Beach City Commissioner and Volusia County candidate Jim Hathaway and City Manager Pam Brangaccio were among notable public figures absent from the Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside Park that drew several hundred people.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Mayor Adam Barringer was in attendance at the Memorial Day service put on by the VFW, as was City Commissioners Jack Grasty and Judy Reiker. So too was Fire Chief Dave McCallister and Assistant City Manager Khalid Resheidat.

Among the no-shows were City Commissioner and Volusia County candidate Jim Hathaway, City Manager Pam Brangaccio, City Commissioner Lynne Plaskett and Police Chief Ron Pagano. Also not in attendance were Hathaway's heir apparent on the city commission in Jason McGuirk and Steve Casserly, who is seeking the seat held by Plaskett who has not said whether she's running again.

Deb Denys

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Volusia County Council seat 3 candidate Deb Denys has embraced new tools in helping her get the word out: Internet news and social media.

"The electronic media is where readers are getting their news," Denys said. "I'm getting my message where people are sharing ideas and that's on sites like Facebook and Headline Surfer."

NSB City Commissioner Lynne PlaskettHeadline Surfer / NSBNews.net file photo

Should City Commissioner Lynne Plaskett opt to run again for her zone 4 seat, she'll have competition.  Qualifying papers have been taken out by Patrick Casserly. Click the PDF attachment for details on his filing.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A candiate has emerged for one of three seats up for grabs on the City Commission with Steven Patrick Casserly taking out qualifying papers to run for seat held by longtime incumbent Lynne Plaskett.
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Former Volusia County Judge Stasia Warren left the bench in March, hoping to return to the courtroom setting as state attorney.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Recently retired Volusia County Judge Stasia Warren announced Tuesday she's running for state attorney in the 7th Judicial Circuit against first-term incumbent R.J. Larizza.

Terry Shoemaker of St. Augustine is a third candidate. All three are Republicans. If one of them doesn't secure a 50-percent plus one vote victory in the primary, then the top two vote-getters will face off in November.

Warren made her surprise announcement in a press release e-mailed to NSBNews.net / Headline Surfer and other media outlets, saying in part: “I have faithfully served the law and our community by delivering justice from behind the bench."

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES -- The results of Tuesday’s primaries can be simply described: Santorum won – Gingrich lost – Romney forges ahead.

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES -- There were 10 state Republican primaries and caucuses held on Super Tuesday. The media insists that the only one that really matters is Ohio.

Stan EscuderoBy Stan Escudero
Chief political blogger for NSB News
 

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES -- In the past week Mitt Romney won big in Nevada, where he took 50% of the vote (55% in 2008) and Rick Santorum swept the three beauty contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.

Ho-Hum.

Greater New Smyrna Beach included in new redistricting plan

Sandy AdamsNEW SYRNA BEACH -- Following the introduction of a compromise redistricting plan scheduled for final passage in the Florida House and Senate this week, Representative Sandy Adams announced she will declare her candidacy for the new District 7, based in Seminole County and including parts of Orange and Volusia counties.

“I strongly believe in public service and working to make our nation’s economy stronger and more secure," Adams said Monday.

1,000 Facebook likes for first 100 days in office

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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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