Lake Helen qualifying: Two incumbents face pair of challengers each in 2014 primary

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David Hughes is among 6 candidates vying for 2 commission seats in Lake Helen, FL / Headline Surfer®Lsake Helen, FL qualifying for 2014 elections / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / David Hughes, shown here at left, is among six candidates vying for two commission seats in Lake Helen.

LAKE HELEN -- The two incumbents up for re-election here in rural Lake Helen in West Volusia have two challengers each in the 2014 elections with qualifying having ended noon Friday.

Zone 2 City Commissioner Vernon Burton is being challenged by Ernie DeBoliac and Bart Gawlikowski.

And Zone 4 City Commissioner Cameron Lane is facing challenges from David Hughes and Tura Schnebly.

The six candidates for the two Lake Helen municipal seats will be on the Aug. 26 primary ballot.

If a candidate gets 50 percent of the vote plus one, then he or she wins the race outright. If not, then the top two vote getters in the primary move on to a runoff in the November general elections.

The zone 2 incumbent, Burton, 66, an independent insurance agent, has been on the commission since he won election in 2008. Burton volunteers at senior centers and a local food pantry. He served on the Lake Helen Planning Bord and at one point, ledthe city's parks and recreation board.

The zone 4 incumbent, Lane, 52, owns an assisted-living facility in Port Orange, and has been on the homeowners association board there for more than 20 years.

Map of Lake Helen, FL / Headline Surfer®FAST FACTS: Lake Helen, FL

Lake Helen is a city in Volusia County, Fla. The population was 2,624 at the 2010 census. The city has a total area of 4.6 square miles. Of the acreage, 4.4 square miles of it is land, and 0.12 square miles (2.82%) is water.


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Lake Helen became incorporated in the summer of 1888. The village was the brain-child of Henry DeLand, and he named his new village, Lake Helen after his daughter. Lake Helen was originally a winter retreat for northeasterners and with the addition of two hotels, the Harlan Hotel and a little later the Granville Hotel, became a destination spot for New Englanders anxious to retreat from the harsh winters. Lake Helen flourished. Citrus groves were planted and thrived, a sawmill and the Bond Brick Company were established. It was an arduous journey early on by steamer and horse or mule wagon from the St. Johns River, but in 1887 the railroad came to Lake Helen. Lake Helen grew quickly, with many new homes being built each season, of the local southern yellow pine. Many of them still stand today as a tribute to the craftsmanship of the times. This was the "Boom Time" for Lake Helen.  Today, Lake Helen is a place to walk or ride your bike on lazy sun dappled lanes. Stop a few minutes and chat with your neighbors. You'll always get a friendly wave and a smile.
Source: City of Lake Helen/City Clerk Becky Witte 2014 political online campaign advertisements

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