Mills Receives Rare Volusia GOP Endorsement

Mills Receives Rare Volusia GOP Endorsement

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
June 30, 2022

DAYTONA BEACH— The Volusia Republican Executive Committee held a rare endorsement vote on Thursday in the hotly contested Republican congressional race in Florida’s 7th District, and in the 6th District, where Rep. Michael Waltz is the incumbent member of Congress.

Chairman Paul Deering called for the endorsement vote  his committee approved the measure after fulfilling the necessary quorum mandate to have the vote.

In District 6, Rep, Michael Waltz easily won the group’s support by a vote margin of 106-38,

In District 7, combat veteran Cory Mills won the overall vote by garnering 119 votes, with Rep. Anthony Sabatini coming in a distant second with 19 votes.

Former City of Debary  Vice Mayor Erika Benfield garnered 6 votes, edging out Roberts, Duke, and Sturgill.

Here is the final vote count:

Cory Mills —119

Anthony Sabatini —19

Erika Benfield — 6

Brady Duke — 5

Scott Sturgill — 0

Rusty Roberts —0

Only four of the eight qualified Republican congressional candidates —Cory Mills, Brady Duke, Erika Benfield, Scott Sturgill—were on hand to address the Republican faithful in hopes to garner enough support to win the overall vote.

Earlier in the week, Rep. Sabatini distributed a letter to Volusia Republicans opposing the endorsement vote.

Benfield, Rusty Roberts, and Ted Edwards, also signed onto Sabatini’s letter.

The endorsement vote is not going to win Mills the election, but it could help him tip the scale a bit with undecided Republican voters when Absentee Ballots are mailed in late July.

Sabatini recently won a “hob nob” straw poll in Seminole County and has been campaigning on the results.

Expect Mills to do the same with the Volusia REC endorsement vote.

Florida’s primary election is Tuesday, August 23.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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