485. Gene Emter wins Edgewater city council seat in special election

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A memorial service was held in Edgewater for City Councilman Ted Cooper / Headline SurferVideo produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick / Gene Emter speaks with Headline Surfer after being sworn in March 5, 2012, as the newest member of the Edgewater City Council following his win in a special election a week earlier to fill the seat opened with the passing of Ted Cooper.

EDGEWATER -- By a mere dozen votes, Gene Emter was elected to the Edgewater City Council in a Feb. 28, 2012, special election. Only 7 percent of the city's nearly 13,600 registered voters cast votes in the special election.

Still, every vote counts and the 74-year-old retired school superintendent from Ohio prevailed over retired Edgewater cop Gary Conroy to take over the district 4 seat that was held by Ted Cooper, who died of a massive heart attack in November at the age of 62.

Emter's victory comes in t No. 485 in Headline Surfer's countown of the top 500 stories of the 24/7 internet newspaper's 5th anniversary celebration.

Emter found the campaign trail a much easier path to take when it came to any potential challengers in the ensuing months leading up to qualifying.

Gen Emter of Edgewater City Council / Headline SurferEdgewater City Councilwoman Gigi BenningtonGene Emter and Gigi Bennington, shown here at left, were returned to their respective Edgewater City Council seats when qualifying ended and they had no challengers.

When qualifying ended at noon on June 5, 2012, Emter and fellow incumbent Gigi Bennington were automatically returned to their respective seats on the Edgewater City Council because no one else challenged them, and therefore, those seats were no longer in play when it came the subsequent 2012 August primary and November general elections.

When qualifying ended at noon on June 5, 2012, Emter and fellow incumbent Gigi Bennington were automatically returned to their respective seats on the Edgewater City Council because no one else challenged them, and therefore, those seats were no longer in play when it came the subsequent 2012 August primary and November general elections.

The veteran Bennington was first elected to the city council in 2007.

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Award-winning Headline Surfer Editor/Publisher Henry Frederick is counting down his ranking of the Top 500 Stories throughout Volusia County, as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of the 24/7 Internet newspaper launched April 7, 2008. 

Recap Top 500 Stories: 

Gen Emter of Edgewater City Council / Headline Surfer485. Gene Emter wins Edgewater city council seat in special election
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Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker / Headline Surfer486. Holly Hill woman calls in bomb threat from work resulting in evacuation; tells cops she 'needed a break'
Posted Thu, 2013-08-29 10:17
 
Former South Daytona Mayor Joe Piggotte / Headline Surfer487. Former South Daytona Mayor Joe Piggotte dies at 81
Posted Fri, 2013-08-23 18:41
 
Joseph Perrone488. Ponce Inlet Councilman Joe Perrone holds onto seat with 1-vote plurality
Posted Tue, 2013-08-20 07:03
 
Tia McDonald with book cover489. Edgewater's Tia McDonald featured in book
Posted Thu, 2013-08-15 01:16
 
These young gals feed birds on beach of New Smyrna490. Flocks of sick or deceased birds dot shoreline
Posted Sat, 2013-08-10 02:21
 
Jason McGuirk quiet in NSB City Commission seat / Headline Surfer491. Softy Jason McGuirk gets NSB Commission seat nobody else wants
Posted Sat, 2013-08-03 03:24
 
492. Christmas comes early in 2010 for New Smyrna Beach with $402,500 fire rescue vehicle, complete with plaque
Posted Thu, 2013-07-18 05:13
 
Ormond Bech store robber locator / Headline Surfer493. Convenience store clerk in Ormond Beach draws own knife to scare off knife-wielding robber
Posted Wed, 2013-07-17 02:41
 
494. Former Oak Hill Mayor Donna Jane Bennett dies in 2009, a decade after exiting the political stage
Posted Thu, 2013-07-04 06:43
 
Lake Mary biker Mike Catchings at Biketoberfest 2011 in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer495. Biketoberfest 2011 in New Smyrna Beach a bust
Posted Mon, 2013-06-17 03:51
 
Topless DeLand woman locator map496. Topless woman holds up DeLand traffic
Posted Mon, 2013-06-17 00:18 
 
Miami Dolphins great and Oak Hill winter resident Larry Csonka / Headline Surfer497. Oak Hill proud of its Super Bowl connection in winter resident Larry Csonka
Posted Wed, 2013-06-05 04:01
 
Stetson University's retired president H. Howard Lee / Headline Surfer498. Stetson University mourns passing of retired President H. Douglas Lee in 2009
Posted Wed, 2013-05-29 07:12
 
Pot washes up on New Smyrna Beach during July 4 weekend 2010 / Headline Surfer499. Kilo of pot washes ashore on New Smyrna Beach on July 4th weekend
Posted Fri, 2013-05-10 10:29
 
Henry and Sera Frederick / Headline Surfer500. Celebrating 5 years of covering greater Daytona Beach & New Smyrna Beach with 24/7 internet newspaper
Posted Sun, 2013-04-28 04:16  
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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 since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.