Coastal Point to host candidates’ event in Bethany on Friday

With the annual election for the Bethany Beach Town Council set for Saturday, Sept. 6, the Coastal Point this week was preparing to host its third Candidates’ Night event at town hall, on Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m.

The event will feature several rounds of staff-developed questions for each of the five candidates for the four council seats up for grabs in 2014. The candidates include incumbents Jack Gordon, Rosemary Hardiman, Lew Killmer and Margaret Bogan Young, and challenger Bruce Frye.

A live audio broadcast of the event via the Internet through the Town’s website at will once again be offered for those who can’t make it to town hall on Friday night. (Look for the “Live Audio Broadcasts” link on the left side of the site’s home page.)

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to bring candidates and voters together for this great night,” said Point Editor Darin McCann. “The Town is so supportive of our efforts and has been offering any help they can provide to make this night a success as far as providing information to voters before the Sept. 6 election.

“The candidates all taking time out of their busy schedules to do this also shows the love and commitment people have for Bethany Beach. Hopefully, some voter comes out of this evening with a clearer picture of the candidates in his or her mind and can make a truly informed decision at the ballot.”

The 2013 edition of the Coastal Point Candidates’ Night event brought out a near-capacity crowd at town hall, so those planning to attend in person may want to arrive in plenty of time to find a parking spot and a chair.

Voting in the Sept. 6 election will run from noon to 6 p.m. at town hall. Voters can vote for up to four candidates.

Voters must be at least 18 years old and either a resident or property owner in the town for at least six months prior to the election. Bethany Beach property owners who are listed on the Town’s property tax list are not required to register to vote in Town elections. Residents of Bethany Beach who do not own property must have registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the election.

Voters who are unable to vote in person on Sept. 6 can file an affidavit for an absentee ballot at Town Hall. The written affidavit must be filed no later than noon on Friday, Sept. 5, and an absentee ballot will be provided once the affidavit is approved. Absentee ballots must be received before the polls close on the day of the election.