DeLand, FL - Volusia County District 3 Council member Deb Denys is taking the next step in her run for Volusia County Chair. A notice of resignation with today's (February 14) date has been submitted to Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis, with copies sent to Governor Ron DeSantis and Kristi Willis, chief of the Bureau of Election Records for the Florida Department of State. She is resigning the
seat she has held since she was first elected to the council in 2012. Required by state law, the resignation takes effect Dec. 31.
“It has been my great honor and distinct privilege to serve as District 3 Representative for the Volusia County Council since 2013,” Denys wrote in her
resignation letter. “This year, I hope to earn the opportunity and responsibility of representing all of the citizens of the County of Volusia, and I intend to seek election to the position of Chair of the Volusia County Council.”
Denys launched her candidacy for County Chair on Jan. 16 after the current County Chair, Ed Kelley,
announced that he wasn’t going to seek re-election. Since entering the race, Denys has been endorsed
by Kelley and State Sen. Tom Wright of New Smyrna Beach.
By law, Denys, who would have two years left in her current term at the end of this year, had until May 29 – 10 days before the beginning of the candidate qualifying period – to submit her resignation. She had said she would submit her resignation as soon as possible so that anyone who wants to run to serve her final two years could get started on their own campaign. Interested parties could not file paperwork for the District 3 until Denys submitted her notice.
“I’m all in and my campaign is focused on the upcoming election of a new County Chair,” said Denys. “I felt I owed it to the voters and potential candidates who may be eyeing the District 3 seat to clear the way for their campaign to begin. Submitting my required notice of resignation now was the right thing to do.”