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 outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.