2016 ReWind: 95. Lake Helen's Vernon Burton retains zone 2 seat without opposition; Jim Connell wins zone 4 seat in Nov elections

Jim Connell of Lake Helen / Headline Surfer®Daisy Raisler candidate for Lake Helen commission seat / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Vernon Burton, shown above, continues public service in his zone 2 commission seat for another two years. Jim Connell and Daisy Raiser vied for the zone 4 seat that incumbent Tura Schnebly opted not to seek re-election for in the 2016 elections. Connell prevailed in the Nov. 8 general elections.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

LAKE HELEN, Fla. -- Zone 2 Commissioner Vernon Burton got a free pass to-re-election when no one else put in qualifying papers back in June.

And so Burton will serve another two years when his current term expires after November's election.

It's not as if Burton would have likely had any trouble holding onto his seat in this small city of 2,624 residents, judging by how well he did two years ago, easily defeating Ernie Deboliac. 

Burton captured 61.39 percent of the votes in the 2014 general election, 639 to Deboliac's 403. An independent insurance agent, the 68-year-old Burton has been on the commission since he first won election in 2008. Burton volunteers at senior centers and a local food pantry. Burton served on the Lake Helen Planning Board and at one point, led the city's parks and recreation board.

Burton captured 61.39 percent of the votes in the 2014 general election, 639 to Deboliac's 403. An independent insurance agent, the 68-year-old Burton has been on the commission since he first won election in 2008. Burton volunteers at senior centers and a local food pantry. Burton served on the Lake Helen Planning Board and at one point, led the city's parks and recreation board.

Jim Connell won the zone 4 seat over fellow newcomer Daisy Raisler with 53.2 percent of the votes in the Nov. 8 general elections.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.