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Jim Oddie at GOP convention / Headline Surfer

TAMPA -- GOP political consultant Jim Oddie said he firmly believes Mitt Romney hit a home run in his acceptance speech, which reinforces the Republican Party's campaign's slogan: "We Believe in America."

Oak Hill Commissioner Linda HyattDoug GibsonCarl PersisJason DavisJim HathawayDeb DenysOak Hill mayoral candidates Linda Hyatt and Doug Gibson, far left are first up among three candidate debates planned Tuesday night at Oak Hill City Hall, 234 US 1. County Chair candidates Carl Persis and Jason Davis, shown third and fourth, respectively, square off in the second debate, followed by Jim Hathaway and Deb Denys for the dist. 3 seat on the County Council.

OAK HILL -- Three public candidate debates will be held Tuesday night at the Oak Hill City Hall: for mayor, county chair and county council dist. 3. The three debates are sponsored by Headline Surfer, the New Smyrna Beach-based 24/7 Internet newspaper, and are the first in advance of the Nov. 6 general elections.

The 30-minute debates begin at 6 p.m. with the race for mayor of Oak Hill between Commissioners Linda Hyatt and Douglas Gibson.

Headline Surfer video by Sera Frederick / Carl Persis didn't take power attorney Ted Doran lightly in the primary and he won't take surprise second-place finisher Jason Davis either in the general election. Click the video to hear more in 'The Sunday Conversation: Carl Persis.'

DAYTONA BEACH -- Carl Persis wants to become the face of Volusia County as its next elected chair. But standing in the way is surprise second-place finisher in the primary, Jason Davis.

GOP State Committeeman Robert Fortner of DeLand / Headline SurferCourtesy photo exclusively for Headline Surfer / Robert Fortner of DeLand, a Republican state committeeman from DeLand, cheers during Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

TAMPA -- Robert Fortner, a GOP state committeeman from DeLand liked what he heard from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in his acceptance speech at the convention.

"He gave us what we wanted to hear," the 68-year-old retired custom automotive car and boat manufacturer said on his way back to his hotel. "He had a job to do to accept the nomination and he delivered. He was very positive for the country's future."

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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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