07Sep

Jim ConnellFor Lake Helen City Commission, Zone 4

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ABOUT ME

  • JIM CONNELL. I LIVE AT 271 TANGERINE AVE, LAKE HELEN, FL.
  • MARRIED TO SUE CAROL STANLEY/CONNELL. SUE AND I HAVE BEEN MARRIED 35 YEARS.
  • WE ATTENDED DELAND HIGH SCHOOL TOGETHER AND STARTED DATING IN OUR SENIOR YEAR. AFTER OUR MARRIAGE, WE LIVED IN ORANGE CITY A FEW YEARS. THEN, MOVED TO LAKE HELEN INTO THE HOUSE WE LIVE IN TODAY. THAT WAS 30 YEARS AGO.
  • I HAVE A BACHELORS DEGREE IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT FROM UCF. I AM A SALES EXECUTIVE AT SUDDATH WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS IN ORLANDO WHERE I PLAN, FURNISH AND RELOCATE BUSINESS’. I HAVE WORKED THERE ALMOST 20 YEARS. SUE IS A TEACHER FOR VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOLS AT DELAND HIGH SCHOOL.
  • SUE AND I HAVE THREE ADULT CHILDREN. JC, RYLEE AND TAYLOR. ALL LIVE IN WEST VOLUSIA COUNTY AND ALL WERE RAISED IN LAKE HELEN.

 

MY LOCAL INVOLVEMENT

  • FORMER MEMBER OF THE LAKE HELEN PLANNING AND LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATION COMMISSION.
  • I WAS A BOY SCOUT LEADER OF TROOP 590 IN LAKE HELEN FOR 20 YEARS. I’M STILL ACTIVE IN THE PROGRAM AS AN ADULT TRAINER.
  • MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA.
  • MEMBER OF DELAND MAINSTREET AND OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR THE DELAND FALL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS.
  • MEMBER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE 2016 LAKE HELEN CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE.
  • MODERATOR OF THE LAKE HELEN LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CANDIDATE NIGHT FOR MANY YEARS.
  • PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AND FORMER MEMBER OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL.
  • DELAND HERO AWARD RECOGNIZING MY VOLUNTEER EFFORTS IN WEST VOLUSIA COUNTY.
  • LOCAL AND STATE AWARDS FOR VOLUNTEERING ON THE BEHALF OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA.

 

WHY I AM THE BEST CANDIDATE

  • MY LIFE AS A HUSBAND AND FATHER IS 100 PERCENT INVESTED IN LAKE HELEN. MY COMMUNITY HAS HELPED ME TO BE A BETTER FATHER, AN INVOLVED HUSBAND AND HAS HELPED ME TO RAISE THREE GREAT CHILDREN.
  • I OWE MY COMMUNITY TO PAY IT FORWARD. BECAUSE OF THAT, I WANT TO CONTRIBUTE MY TIME AND EFFORTS TO CONTINUE TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY A PLACE WHERE FAMILIES AND RETIREES MAY “MAKE A LIFE”.
  • I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF LAKE HELEN AND I’M BLESSED TOI HAVE THE TIME NEEDED IN WHICH TO FOLLOW THAT PASSION.
  • I WANT TO SERVE THE CITY. WE HAVE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO PROMOTE OUR OLD FLORIDA LIFESTYLE WHILE MAKING OUR GROWTH SMART, MEASUREABLE, ATTAINABLE, RELEVANT AND TIME BASED. I WANT TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THAT VISION GOING FORWARD.
  • I LOOK FROWARD TO SERVING AS A CITY COMMISSIONER. I TAKE A GREAT DEAL OF PRIDE IN THE EFFORTS OUR CITY COMMISSIONERS AND CITY STAFF OVER THE YEARS AND I WANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMISSIONS EFFORTS IN CONCERT WITH CITY STAFF.
  • I AM LOCAL. IN OUR COMMUNITY, I BELIEVE THAT HOLDS TRUE VALUE. WE ARE A PRODUCT OF OUR PAST. HAVING AN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR COMMUNITIES PAST GIVES ME A MUCH BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF “WHO” LAKE HELEN IS MUCH BETTER THAN MY OPPONENT.
  • I HAVE LIVED IN LAKE HELEN FOR 30 YEARS AND I AM GOING TO LIVE THE REST OF MY LIFE HERE. THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN HOW A PERSON MAKES DECISIONS.