87. Incumbent Bill Crippen wins Orange City's only contested race in 2014 elections

Top 100 Local Stories of 2014 in Central Florida / Headline Surfer®
2014 election has Bill Crippen winning in Orange City / Headline Surfer®Bill Crippen romps to victory in 2014 elections in Orange City, Fla. / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic /
Bill Crippen is well-liked in Orange City and the vote totals for his campaign in the 2014 elections reinforced that popularity with two-thirds of the votes vast squarely on the side of the at-large councilman who has held the municipal seat since 2009. His was the only contested seat among three last year, but it turned out not to be much of a contest.
 

ORANGE CITY, Fla. -- There was only one contested race in Orange City in the November elections and even it wasn't much of a battle as incumbent O. William "Bill" Crippen romped over Vernon Stafford to retain his at-large seat with nearly 67 percent of the votes cast.

Election night totals showed Crippen with 1,890 votes or 66.93 percent to Stafford's 934 or 33.07 percent of the total.

Election night totals showed Crippen with 1,890 votes or 66.93 percent to Stafford's 934 or 33.07 percent of the total.

Incumbents in two other seats, Anthony Pupello in district 4 and Gary Blair in district 5 had no opposition and so were automatically re-elected to new four year terms following the November general election with qualifying having closed at noon Friday, June 20, in the small Southwest Volusia city.

Crippn's big election win comes in at No. 87 in the HeadlinSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 local stories of 2014.

Bill Crippen in the Orange City Homecoming Parade in September 2014 / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headlune Surfer® /
Bill Crippen is shown standing tall on a vintage vehicle in this image (far left in reddish-purple shirt) in the September Orange City Homecoming Parade.
 

This is what is written of Bill Crippen, the popular at-large politician who has served since 2009 on Orange City's website:

"Bill is married with three children and two grand children. He received his BA in Psychology at Stetson University and Masters in Public Health Administration at the University of South Florida. Besides his scholarly achievements, Mr. Crippen provides our Council a public service mindset, rich character, and 30 years of experience from working with the State of Florida.

"From childhood into adulthood, Bill has always been fascinated with the unique history of West Volusia County and often portrays many colorful figures in performances at the Annual Cemetery Walk for the West Volusia Historical Society. His interests also include archaeology, reading, restoring furniture and collecting old wood working tools.

"Since 2009, Bill has been a vital member of the Council and has served on numerous boards and committees, while finding the time to maintain active membership in the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club since 1989."
 

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