Police called on Manatee Commissioner Hayes while campaigning for son in Deltona

October 30, 2012 

DELTONA -- Deputies were called Sunday during early voting in Volusia County when Manatee County Commissioner Donna Hayes allegedly stopped traffic and became aggressive with poll workers while campaigning for her son.

Hayes distributed fliers outside Deltona Library for her son, Rich Gailey, who is a county council candidate.

Voters complained that Hayes was stopping cars, blocking traffic and dropping campaign materials into open windows of vehicles, according to an incident report.

Poll workers asked Hays to move to approved locations for campaign volunteers, but Hayes allegedly told one worker that "she had no authority over her," a report states.

After Hayes allegedly became aggressive with poll workers, 911 was called. Deputies responded at 11:37 a.m.

An incident report states that Hayes grabbed an election worker's badge, but no charges were filed.

Deputies contacted Gailey who apologized and said his mother left the property and would not return to the area.

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