TAVARES – Josh Blake and Wendy Breeden were sworn in as new Lake County commissioners Tuesday.

Blake and Breeden replaced incumbents Welton Cadwell and Jimmy Conner, who were defeated in the August primary.

Blake previously said he looked forward to “being a voice and an advocate for the small business people in Lake County and the taxpayer.”

One of the youngest commissioners to take office in the county, Blake said Tuesday he is getting acclimated to the position.

“I attended a new commission orientation and am learning some of the nuts and bolts of county government that will help me have a good foundation,” said the 35-year-old. “I know I have a learning curve. I look forward to everyone’s input.”

A Lake County resident since 1987, Blake earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He is a board member of the United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties and an alumnus of Leadership Lake County class of 2011. He worked as a legislative aide to state Rep. Marlene O’Toole, The Villages, in the Florida House of Representatives for the past eight years.

In the November election, Blake defeated Democratic opponent Peter Tarby by 39,431 votes.

Commissioner Tim Sullivan was also sworn in for a second term on Tuesday.

“I pledge that I will do my darndest and best to keep Lake County a great place to work and play,” he said.

Prior to serving on the board, Sullivan served as a city commissioner, mayor of Fruitland Park and as a Lake County School Board member. He also was on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Health Alliance for 12 years, and retired in 2009 as brigadier general from the Florida Army National Guard, after serving in the military for 33 years, according to a county press release.

Breeden began her career with Lake County as library coordinator in 1992, serving for 18 years. She then served as the county’s public resources department director from September, 2009 through January, 2016.

Asked what her top priority is, Breeden said “economic prosperity.

“Keeping Lake County ‘Real Florida Real Close,’” she said referring to the county’s logo. “I think Lake County is ripe for opportunity. I know we will be able to lower taxes and promote common-sense regulations. We do have challenges. The commission should be very successful in moving forward.”