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Municipal Candidates - DeLand, DeLeon Springs and Lake Helen
Rating: 3 / 5 (1 votes)  
Posted: 2014 Aug 15 - 06:15

For the Aug. 26 election, Hometown News is publishing information on each candidate for seats that have challengers.

Unopposed candidates are simply listed.

For more election information, the League of Women Voters of Volusia County has Q&As available for each contested nonpartisan countywide, municipal and local judicial races.

Seventy-six candidates responded to specific questions relating to the offices sought and areas to be represented.

Responses are posted on the website exactly as received, with no editing of content by LWVVC.

To view the questions and candidates' responses visit lwvvc.org/elections2014.html.

DeLand Mayor

Robert F. Apgar, incumbent, has been a DeLand resident since 1959 and has served as an elected official for 25 years.

His first term as city commissioner began in May 1983. He served two, four-year terms and 2001. He was first elected mayor in 2001.

Mayor Apgar graduated from DeLand High School and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Davidson (N.C.) College and a law degree from the University of Florida College of Law.

He served with the U.S. Army JAG Corps from 1972-1976; was a partner at Apgar & Gillen, P.A. Attorneys from 1976-1989; vice president of Brandywine Enterprises Inc. from 1989-1990; senior vice president and general counsel for Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. from 1990-2009; and currently is development director for the Council on Aging.

Mayor Apgar has volunteered for numerous community organizations and has been honored extensively for his service and achievements.

Pat Johnson graduated from Spruce Creek High School and attended Florida State University. He had a 10-year career in local law enforcement, including SWAT operations, field training officer, undercover narcotics investigation, detective sergeant and internal affairs.

Mr. Johnson is owner of Pompano Pat's Motorcycles with stores in DeLand, Daytona Beach and Palm Coast.

He was instrumental in the discovery and launch of Orange County Choppers, according to his campaign website. Also, he started his own motorcycle manufacturing facility, which currently builds vehicles for the handicapped and elderly.

DeLand City Commission Seat 3

Krystal Brown is a lifelong resident of DeLand. She graduated from Deland High School's IB program in 1993.

She completed two years at Stetson University then transferred to Daytona State College and earned an associate degree in occupational therapy with honors in 1998 as well as a certificate degree in practical nursing with honors in 2003, according to her Facebook campaign page.

Ms. Brown owned and operated an ALF facility for eight years, personally caring for the elderly. She is the founder of UNITED4JUSTICE, an organization dedicated to assisting others with knowing and restoring their rights "so they can be an asset to the community in which they reside," according to the page.

Jessica Davis earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Florida A&M University, where she also studied child development and education. She works as a career coach with Henkels and McCoy's Florida Youth Connection, where she assists youth and young adults with GED testing preparation and work readiness skills.

She is a member of the DeLand Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and has been a mentor at DeLand High School.

DeLand City Commission Seat 6

Leigh Matusick, incumbent, has been a DeLand resident since 1963. She was elected to Seat 5 of the City Commission in 2008 and as Mayor Pro Tem in 2010.

She has served as the DeLand representative to the Volusia County Metropolitan Planning Organization, as a DeLand Planning Board member and on the DeLand Citizens Advisory Task Force Committee.

A 1972 graduate of DeLand High School, Ms. Matusick graduated from Seminole Community College where she studied basic law enforcement.

She retired as administrator of the Florida School Crossing Guard Program conducted through the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, and now through the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Ms. Matusick has been an active volunteer with several local committees and organizations.

Scott Price has been a DeLand resident and business owner for 19 years. He served as DeLand city commissioner from 2003-2007 and has been a member of the Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency since 2001. He also served on the Spring Hill CRA for four years and on the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts Committee for 10 years.

A licensed Realtor and property manager, Mr. Price also is co-owner of Dick and Jane's Café in downtown DeLand.

He has served on numerous committees and volunteered for many local events and organizations.

Lake Helen City Commission Zone 4

David Hughes has lived in Lake Helen for two and a half years. He earned associate degrees in general education and business management marketing and administration and a bachelor's degree in business information and management, all from Seminole State College. He has applied for graduate school at the University of Central Florida.

Mr. Hughes has worked as a painting contractor since 1992. He has owned and operated David Hughes Painting and Total Home Maintenance since 2000.

He is a member of the Lake Helen Parks and Recreation Board and chairman of the Historic Preservation Board.

Cameron Lane, incumbent, has lived in Lake Helen for most of his life and has served three terms on the City Commission.

He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. For 35 years, he has worked in the elder care business.

Mr. Lane owns an assisted living facility in Port Orange and has served on a homeowner's association board for 20 years.

He has volunteered at numerous city events and contributed his time and equipment to aid city beautification efforts.

Tura Schnebly has lived in Lake Helen for 18 years. She earned an associate degree from what is now Daytona State College, a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Miami and a juris doctorate from the University of Florida.

She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator and a Florida Bar Board Certified She retired from practicing law in 2012.

She is a member of the Junior League of Daytona Beach, is a past chairwoman of the Lake Helen Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission and was on the board of trustees for Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City.

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