Election 2022

Meet The Candidates

(Presented Alphabetically by Office)

Mayor

The following THREE candidates will appear on the August 23rd Primary election ballot. The TWO candidates receiving the highest number of votes in the Primary election will appear on the November 8 General Election Ballot.

Following a professional career as a Naval Officer, American Airlines Executive, and consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers, my wife, Amy, and I returned to the area where we grew up making New Smyrna Beach our home. I feel strongly that out-of-scale, unprecedented development makes this an especially urgent time for all citizens to unite in solving our infrastructure challenges and securing a sustainable future.

At an early age, I learned both the importance of service to others and the importance of collaborative effort in successfully addressing critical challenges. Whether this came in the form of becoming an Eagle Scout as a boy, an appointment to the Naval Academy as a young man, a Captain’s rank in the U.S. Navy, or leadership positions in private life, service has defined me. With time to devote to this unique call to service, I have the leadership experience and skill to serve as Mayor and would be honored to do so.

The citizens of this town have trusted the Hathaway name since the 1950’s. Following in the footsteps of former Mayor William Stratton Hathaway and former Mayor Jim Hathaway, I am committed to protecting our home, our waterways, our families, and our way of life. I have real solutions for traffic, parking, and continued economic development. I’ll support small business, work with our state and county representatives to improve our community, and fight for a low tax rate. I will fight for our city’s character and charm with a focus on shielding our precious natural resources.

I’ll streamline and improve our planning and zoning department – modernizing our permitting process so that business owners and residents won’t feel frustrated by their government. I will work quickly to build consensus on our parking and traffic concerns. I’m serving as an Assistant State Attorney now protecting your family. I’m a father, a husband, and a local. I’m your neighbor and I want to be your mayor. Let’s work together!

I am a 1989 graduate of New Smyrna Beach High School and a 1992 graduate of UCF with a BS in Biology Education. As a married mother of three, the oldest is married, middle is working, and youngest is a sophomore at NSBHS. I have 26 years teaching experience and have taught Biology for the past 6 years at DeLand High School. I’ve been married to my husband, Charlie for 30 years and have lived in Volusia County for 38 years. Living in Volusia County this long, I am aware of its strengths and weaknesses; I have decided to take my personal and professional experiences to the public arena in order to create a better place to live, play, work and grow. As a high school senior, I was inducted into the NSBHS Hall of Fame for excellence in academics and sports. As a parent and teacher, I’ve enjoyed participating in playing and coaching team sports.

As a career educator, students’ academic, social, and emotional development have been my number one priority; however, now this desire has extended to all Volusia County citizens. I’m a life-long learner with an open mind to help solve the challenges we face today, as well as those we will face in the years to come. I understand the importance that VCS students need to find a career and a home right here; we need our youth to build and sustain our economic base.

Zone 1 Commissioner

Note: These TWO candidates will NOT appear on the August Primary ballot.
They WILL appear on the November 8 General Election ballot.

I am Michael Kolody, 75, current New Smyrna Beach commissioner, Zone 1. I am the retired owner of an engineering, planning and surveying business located out of state. I have professional licenses as a Planner, Engineer and Surveyor which serve well when dealing with the complex issues facing city commissioners. I have not accomplished all the goals I had undertaken in my first term and desire a second term to continue the progress made to date. I have instituted numerous changes to how the city controls development by protecting wetlands to preserve the environment, groundwater recharge and open waters by increasing wetland buffers.

We need to preserve the quality of life in town, particularly in the older developed neighborhoods through revisions to our land development codes. The Planned Unit Development (PUD) regulations are woefully inadequate. When the city commission and planning & zoning board were top heavy with real estate centric members the approvals granted have exacerbated the problems we have now.

When elected as City Commissioner of Zone 1, I will retire from Real Estate and dedicate all of my time to the Commission. Our community deserves a strong, reliable leader. One that listens, respects, and understands the citizens and our community. I have an MBA from Concordia University in Wisconsin, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, and I studied Accounting at Purdue University. I have two beautiful grown daughters. I am involved in my church and have been very active in our community, recently completing a 4-year term on the NSB Economic Development Board.

For the last 7 years, I have been involved in Commercial and Residential Real Estate. My work history has afforded me invaluable knowledge of local, county and Florida property laws and codes. I will focus on supporting our local business owners and protecting our Flagler & Canal Street charm. Using my expertise in budget analysis, I will provide strong, reliable over-sight of our tax dollars.

Zone 2 Commissioner

The following FOUR candidates will appear on the August 23rd Primary election ballot. The TWO candidates receiving the highest number of votes in the Primary election will appear on the November 8 General Election Ballot.

You already know me. You met me along the way.
I discovered New Smyrna Beach in 2009, promptly and joyfully bought a house, adopted the city as my permanent home and became active in our community. From building a house with Habitat for Humanity to volunteering in our Arts functions to attending most city meetings, I have been involved in NSB for a decade monitoring city operations and service on several NSB Advisory Boards plus 30+ years of high-value, complex business experience.

I am highly qualified to be a NSB City Commissioner. Knowing the city border-to-border and issues unique to each neighborhood, I am prepared to support all NSB residents and locally-owned businesses.

I am convinced that I am the best choice for Zone 2 Commissioner for the following reasons. First and foremost, I truly believe that I am called to serve in this capacity. That calling is undeniable and in and of itself makes me compelled to not only fill this position but to do so with excellence. Second, my business acumen balanced with my desire to see the integrity of NSB maintained, gives me a perspective on our future that is grounded in common sense. Third, I so believe in this town that my wife and I are investing our future here. We have chosen to lay down our roots in NSB and in doing so, we are committed to a future that serves all NSB’ers in the best way possible. Lastly, a vote for David McKenna, is a vote for the people. I am the type of individual that gets involved

and immersed in what I do. I will be in the community in as many ways as I can to hear what my constituents say and to best represent them at the Commission.

I ran for Mayor in 2018…I didn’t win. I ran on issues such as parking, traffic, development, tree destruction, too large and bloated government, taxes, affordable housing…how has this worked out with our present management?

So I am willing to give New Smyrna Beach a “FRESH START” a new face and more aggressive attitude to actually fix a problem…not kick the can down the overcrowded road…I have confidence in our locals…but not in the terrible decisions that have been made by city officials…million dollar houses to be torn down for a turn lane? an out of control SVAA?? continued give aways of valuable city property including airport, historic taxpayer renovated building…etc…and the ridiculous 3 minute citizen limit for speaking at commission meetings…how about short agendas and more citizen input???

“A FRESH START BEFORE CHAIN STORES OVER RUN THE PLACE” including in the HISTORIC DISTRICTS!!!

New development, growth and traffic are the major issues. They impact our families, the special character of New Smyrna Beach and our quality of life. To preserve and protect our community for the future, the process for approval of new development needs to be improved. We need better communication between the City Commission and the Planning & Zoning Board, revisions to the Land Development Regulations and an expanded role for the Planning and Zoning Board.

I am uniquely well qualified to address these issues, and be a catalyst for change, because I understand not only the real estate business, but also the City’s internal process for approving new development. This understanding comes from: (a) being a lawyer who handled sophisticated real estate transactions for 40+ years: (b) serving on the Planning and Zoning Board for New Smyrna Beach; and (c) serving on the Economic Development Advisory Board for Winter Park. New Smyrna Beach has been my home since 2017. I retired last year and now am available to be a full-time Commissioner! To learn more about my campaign, please visit the website at www.votesnively.org

2022 Candidate Forum Questions & Answers

The NSB Residents’ Coalition held a Candidate Forum on July 18.  Approximately 240 residents attended. Each candidate was allowed three minutes to answer the following THREE questions.  You can see video of each of the Candidate responses by clicking “the video clips for each candidate below.” Note: Valli Perrine could not attend.
Fred Cleveland
Spencer Hathaway
Susan Sigler
Michael Kolody
Valli Perrine
Lisa Martin
David McKenna
Joel Paige
Steve Snively

Candidate Questions

Question 1: Our city’s economy is based on many factors one of which is our city’s historic character. We are losing our stock of historic buildings rapidly. What actions would you take, if any, to preserve our historic neighborhoods?

Mayor

Fred Cleveland

Spencer Hathaway

Susan Sigler

Zone 1 Commissioner

Michael Kolody

Valli Perrine

Unfortunately, Valli was unable to participate in the Candidate Forum.  Her doctor ordered her to keep her recently broken leg immobile.  She encourages anyone who wishes to find out more about her to contact her.  Click link to be directed to her website.

Zone 2 Commissioner

Lisa Martin

David McKenna

Joel Paige

Steve Snively

Question 2: Sustainability is the subject of Article VI of the City Charter. What strategies would you recommend to fulfill the mandates included in this section of our Charter?

Mayor

Fred Cleveland

Spencer Hathaway

Susan Sigler

Zone 1 Commissioner

Michael Kolody

Valli Perrine

Unfortunately, Valli was unable to participate in the Candidate Forum.  Her doctor ordered her to keep her recently broken leg immobile.  She encourages anyone who wishes to find out more about her to contact her.  Click link to be directed to her website.

Zone 2 Commissioner

Lisa Martin

David McKenna

Joel Paige

Steve Snively

Question 3: Given the extraordinary rate of growth in our city what actions would you recommend that would allow the citizens of New Smyrna Beach an opportunity for real input into major development projects? What strategies would you recommend to ensure that the commitments made by developers are met?

Mayor

Fred Cleveland

Spencer Hathaway

Susan Sigler

Zone 1 Commissioner

Michael Kolody

Valli Perrine

Unfortunately, Valli was unable to participate in the Candidate Forum.  Her doctor ordered her to keep her recently broken leg immobile.  She encourages anyone who wishes to find out more about her to contact her.  Click link to be directed to her website.

Zone 2 Commissioner

Lisa Martin

David McKenna

Joel Paige

Steve Snively

Voter Information