LAKE HELEN, Fla. – Cameron Lane won Lake Helen’s mayoral race.
Lane, who was up against Vernon Burton, will replace Daisy Raisler, who after holding the position since 2017, decided to step down.
Lane and Burton went head-to-head in a runoff election Tuesday after the primary election on Aug. 17 didn’t produce a winner.
In the run-off, none of the candidates received more than 50% of the vote, with Lane securing 46.9% and Burton receiving 39.8%.
As of Tuesday night, Lane has received 58.43% of the votes and Burton has received 41.57% with all precincts reporting. The county, however, is still tallying vote-by-mail ballots.
In an interview with the West Volusia Beacon, Lane said he has managed multimillion-dollar budgets and large staffs through his family-owned and operated businesses.
Lane said in the interview the issues most important to him are, “Restoring confidence in the city and her good name and reputation through transparency and hard work. Maintaining the city’s character by defending against high-density housing development.”
Lane was a city commissioner from 2008 to 2014, the Beacon said.
Burton told the Beacon he’s running for Lake Helen mayor because he thinks the city needs a team that can get the job done.
According to the interview, Beacon is for affordable housing and would “consider some annexation properties on the outskirts of Lake Helen that will allow us to put some sort of industrial businesses out there without interrupting our inner city.”
An important issue to Burton is having a standardized election so that there’s not an election cycle every year, the interview revealed.
Burton served as a city commissioner from 2008 to 2020, according to the Beacon.