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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 2 months ago

Ben Johnson leads County Council At-Large race

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by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

The Volusia County Council will see a former sheriff take the dais as candidate Ben Johnson won the At-Large race, with 66.2% of the vote during the primaries on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Johnson thanked all the people who voted for him but also those who voted for his opponent Rev. Ronald Durham, whom Johnson called a good man.

"Now it's time for all of us to come together to work to make this county great," Johnson said.

Durham accounted for 33.2% of the vote in the nonpartisan race. Six-hundred-and-nineteen people wrote in their own candidate.

In District 1, incumbent Pat Patterson earned 29.8% of the vote, lagging slightly behind candidate Barbara Girtman, who led the race with 31.6% of the vote. Behind them was candidate Jeff Brower with 28.8%. 

District 5 will continue to be represented by Fred Lowry, as he led with a preliminary vote count of 57%.

None of the Ormond Beach-based candidates for Congressional District 6 in the Democratic or Republican race gained a majority of the vote in Volusia County. Candidate and former mayor Fred Costello fell behind John Ward with 30.8% of the Volusia vote. In the Democratic race, Nancy Soderberg led the preliminary vote count in Volusia County with 52.8%. 

Incumbent and School Board Chair Linda Cuthbert led the School Board Member District 3 race with 52.1% of the vote. Candidate John Nelson was the next popular candidate with a 24.5% of the vote.

The race for Circuit Judge, Group 15, was almost a three-way tie in Volusia County. Assistant State Attorney Ryan Will led the Volusia vote with 34.6% of the vote. Preliminary results showed Sebrina Slack hot on his heels with 33.7%

In the County Judge, Group 5 race, incumbent Judge Dawn "Pam" Fields led the race with 61.8% of the Volusia Vote.

Here is a compilation of all the results.

2018 Primary Election results — Volusia County

(Numbers will be updated as released by the Volusia County Department of Elections. You can also visit http://www.volusiaelections.org for by-the-minute results.)

Circuit Judge, 7th Judicial Circuit, Group 15:

  • Linda L. Gaustad: 31.7%
  • Sebrina L. Slack: 33.7%
  • Ryan Will: 34.6%

School Board, District 1:

  • Al Bouie: 36.6%
  • Jamie Michele Haynes: 35.4%
  • Leslie LaRue: 27.9%

School Board, District 3:

  • Linda L. Cuthbert: 52.1%
  • Kerry Lyons: 8.9%
  • John Nelson: 24.5%
  • Stan Schmidt: 14.5%

County Council At-Large:

  • L. Ronald Durham: 33.2%
  • Ben F. Johnson: 66.2%

County Council Member District 1:

  • Jeff Brower: 28.5%
  • Barbara Girtman: 31.3% 
  • Eddie Molina: 9.5%
  • Pat Patterson: 30.7%

County Council Member District 5:

  • Dan Hunt: 42.6%
  • Fred Lowry: 57%

Republican Primary Races

United States Senator:

  • Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente: 9.1%
  • Rick Scott: 90.9%

Representative In Congress, District 6:

  • Fred Costello: 30.8%
  • Michael Waltz: 41.9%
  • John Ward: 27.3%

Governor:

  • Don Baldauf: 0.6%
  • Ron DeSantis: 61.5%
  • Timothy M. Devine: 0.9%
  • Bob Langford: 1%
  • John Joseph Mercadante: 0.5%
  • Bruce Nathan: 0.7%
  • Adam H. Putnam: 33.2%
  • Bob White: 1.6%

Attorney General:

  • Ashley Moody: 56.3%
  • Frank White: 43.7%

Commissioner of Agriculture:

  • Matt Caldwell: 35.9%
  • Denise Grimsley: 28.8%
  • Mike McCalister: 16.6%
  • Baxter Troutman: 18.7%

Democratic Primary Races

Representative In Congress, District 6:

  • Stephen Sevigny: 22%
  • Nancy Soderberg: 52.8%
  • John Upchurch: 25.2%

Governor:

  • Andrew Gillum: 25.7%
  • Gwen Graham: 44.8%
  • Jeff Greene: 11.6%
  • Chris King: 3.2%
  • Philip Levine: 12.9%
  • Alex “Lundy” Lundmark: 0.6%
  • John Wetherbee: 1.2%

Attorney General:

  • Sean Shaw: 70.6%
  • RyanTorrens: 29.4%

Commissioner of Agriculture:

  • Nicole “Nikki” Fried: 55.1%
  • Jeffrey Duane Porter: 16.8%
  • Roy David Walker: 28.1%

Story was updated at 9:38 p.m. for accurate voting percentages, and, to add a comment by winning County Council At-Large Candidate, Ben Johnson.

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