Experience Matters

The strength of my candidacy is a combination of military, business, and legal experience. I have a reputation as a leader, a record of being a good steward with your tax dollars, and the respect of the legal community.

-George Burden

A Public Defender upholds the highest of American ideals: the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial, and equal protection under the law. The 7th Circuit encompasses:

  • Volusia, Flagler, Putnam, and St. Johns

  • Budget of $13.5 million taxpayer dollars

  • 30,000 client cases each year

  • 140+ Attorneys and Staff

  • All Areas of Criminal Law

  • Capital Appeals for 13 Counties


Burden's first job after the Air Force was with the Public Defender's Office. He's worked in every division from Misdemeanors to Capital Offenses, from first appearances to arguing cases before Florida's Supreme Court. He's earned the distinction of being "Capital Qualified" in both Trials and Appeals, an honor achieved by fewer than 20 Public Defenders statewide.

  • 30 Years with the Public Defenders' Office

  • 41 Appearances before Florida's Supreme Court

  • Head of the Appellate Division 1000 appeals for 13 counties

  • Head of the Capital Trial Division

  • Chief Assistant to the Public Defender

As a City Commissioner, Burden rolled back taxes 7 times and became known as a "Budget Hawk". He secured an ECHO grant for Breakers Oceanfront Park and a Hope 6 Grant for low income housing. He's been appointed by mayors, county council members, and governors to:

  • Housing Authority

  • Anti- Recidivist Effort

  • Volusia County Water Alliance

  • Judicial Nominating Commission

  • Daytona Beach Race and Recreation Facility District

  • Central Florida Community Development Corporation

Business Leader

Having managed the finances and day-to-day affairs of a small business, Burden has a "business sense" often lacking in government. For over 20 years, Burden operated a private practice specializing in Elder Law, Probate, Government Relations and Immigration.

Serving Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties

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