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

Photos for Headline Surfer® / David Hughes, shown here, is among six candidates vying for two commission seats in Lake Helen.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

Party Lines Political Notebook / Headline SurferLAKE HELEN, Fla -- 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.

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.

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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 nearly evenly 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 West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.