Headline Surfer photo illustration / Heather Post would have had a tough race if she didn't abruptly quit the race on March 4. Two other tough candidates are Jake Johnsson, former Port Orange city manager; and Sherrise Boyd, a candidate for Daytona Beach mayor in 2020. Others who are pro-Post are Mike Chitwood, Volusia County sheriff; and Kevin Captain, Volusia County's PR flak. A thorn in Post's side is Alvin Mortimer of Deltona, a citizen watchdog.
By HENRY FREDERICK / Headline Surfer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Why did Heather Post really quit the 2022 race less than two weeks ago for the at-large seat on the Volusia County Council?
Headline Surfer will give you the definitive answers to this and other related questions in its upcoming multi-day investigative series on Post's tenure on the council.
What a shocker it was by Post, considering her six years on the council as the District 4 representative out of Ormond Beach.
Post chose not to seek re-election to her current seat in favor of the at-large seat currently by retired Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson, who opted for retirement at year's end rather than seek re-election for another four years.
Post's exit from the race on March 4 makes the at-large seat a three-candidate contest to date:
• Jake Johansson, former Port Orange city manager who filed to run on Dec. 21;
• Sherrise Boyd, a former candidate for mayor of Daytona Beach, filed to run on Feb. 2;
• Douglas Pettit, of Ormond Beach, filed to run on March 11.
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