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We hope that when you and your family vote, you will consider supporting these candidates. As in the past, these candidates have earned the endorsement of firefighters based on their position on local issues, civic duty, integrity, and their drive to work towards making a positive impact in their respective positions.

BASTIAN for Council in Port Orange 

My name is Drew Basitan.  My wife Debbie works as a school teacher in the City of Port Orange.  We have been married for 18 years.  Debbie and I are the proud parents of two teenage daughters, Baylee and Beri.  My family and I are members of Christ the King Church in Port Orange.  I believe in giving back to the community and enjoy focusing on charities which give back locally.  I volunteer my time to many local charitable events such as PINK HEALS, MDA BOOT DRIVE, and TOYS FOR TOTS to name a few.  

I retired from the City of Port Orange as a Driver Engineer/EMT.  I began my firefighting career in December 1985 and retired January 2012.  I have served on the Port Orange Fire and Rescue Pension as the Chair from 2009-2012.  I have also served as the Countryside West HOA President from 2005-2008.  I  was one of 50 firefighters in the nation selected to attend a Political Training Academy this year.  I have also been given the honor of sitting on a newly formed CIty of Port Orange selection committee to find the next City Manager.  

As your future Councilman, I promise to focus my efforts on keeping Port Orange SAFE, BEAUTIFUL, and AFFORDABLE.  I believe that our community deserves a representative who will fight for spending your tax dollars wisely while maintaining safety in our community.  Please remember to vote for Drew BASTIAN for COUNCIL August 14th.  

You can visit Drew's Facebook Page by following this link:

KEPHART for Mayor of Port Orange 

My name is Jonathan Kephart, I was born in Naples Florida, and raised in Fort Myers Florida. I moved to Port Orange in 1997 and attended Daytona State College with my AA degree continued to UCF where I have a BS in Business Administration. I am a State Certified General Contractor, State Certified Utilities Contractor, and a Class V Fire Line Contractor for the State of Florida. I am also a Qualified Stormwater Inspector, and a member of the Fire College in Gainsville. My wife Christina went to Stetson University with the same degree, and we have a 3 year old child Mackenzie. With the few positions I have held at four different companies in town Sliger Surveying, Performance Group Engineering, P&S Paving, and current job ThadCon I have had the chance to work with many different Municapilities and built many of the streetscapes, roads and bridges, and developments in which you and I live in. This range extends to Flagler, St. John's, Volusia, and Seminole Counties.

Please see my website or Facebook me at kephart4mayor

I would like to thank you in advance for your help and support to make the City the best it can be for us now and in the future using a Fresh Perspective.

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