Vernon Burton re-elected without opposition in Lake Helen; 2 newcomers vie for open seat

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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 will vie for the zone 4 seat that incumbent Tura Schnebly opted not to seek re-election for in the 2016 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 by the noon Friday deadline.

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.

Two newcomers -- Jim Connell and Daisy Raisler - will vie for the zone 2 seat in November that first-term incumbent Tura Schnebly won in the 2012 elections. That's because Schnebly opted not seek re-election this time around.

Did You Know?

 
YouTube Uploads / WCW Monday Nitro featuring the villainous NWO, led by 'Big Sexy' Kevin Nash of Greater Daytona Beach, bragging about a car crash involving the baby face Steiner Brothers in Lake Helen. At 6:39 of the second video is where the confrontation takes place between the NWO and the Steiners.

An episode of WCW Monday Nitro from Feb. 17, 1997, featured a home movie filmed during the preceding week by NWO members Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Syxx.

In the video, the three are driving through Lake Helen as the city's name appears on the side of a building that is captured on the video. The NWO members cross paths with the Steiner Brothers in their car and run them off the road. 

Lake Helen, Fl map / Headline Surfer®The Devils Chair in Lake Helen (Cassadaga Cemetery), FL / Headline Surfer®Cassadaga, Fl / Headline Surfer® FAST FACTS: Lake Helen, Florida

 • Civil rights attorney and leader Isiah C. Smith (1922–2012) was born in Lake Helen.
 • The primary coordinate point for Lake Helen is located at latitude 28.9825 and longitude -81.2307 in Volusia County.
 • The formal boundaries for the City of Lake Helen encompass a land area of 4.43 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles.
 • Lake Helen was named after the daughter of Henry DeLand, founder of Stetson University.
 • Lake Helen received national attention for a nun, Anna Haskins, who became a police officer after retiring from teaching in 1999.
 • Within Lake Helen is the enclave known as Cassadaga with its tradition of spiritual readings and the Cassadaga Cemetery, with the "Devil's Chair" sitting on the outskirts, as shown above.
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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.