Ocean View residents who want to serve their community have less than two weeks to file to run in the April town council election.
Candidates are being sought to serve in seats from District 1 and District 2 — currently held by Bill Olsen (who announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election) and Frank Twardzik, respectively. As of mid-week no one had filed to run for either seat.
Those who are interested in serving on the Ocean View Town Council must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen; have been a resident of the town for at least one year immediately preceding the date of election; be a resident of District 1 or 2 at the time of filing, and during the full term of office; and be a Town of Ocean View eligible registered voter.
Any District 1 or District 2 residents who wish to file as candidates must file a “Certification of Intention” and pay a $50 filing fee at the office of the town manager no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6.
Those who wish file may do so in person, on the second floor of the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building, located at 201 Central Avenue, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Those who are elected to the seats will receive a three-year term, and receive an annual compensation of $600 for their service.
With the election scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., residents are also being encouraged to register to vote.
Those who wish to register must be at least 18 years of age; a citizen of the United States; and have been an Ocean View resident for at least six months immediately preceding the election. State or county voter registration does not entitle residents to vote in Ocean View elections. They must register directly with the Town.
The Town currently has 871 people registered. Residents must re-register if they did not vote in two consecutive elections; however, since the Town has not had two consecutive elections in recent years, voter rolls have not been purged ahead of the 2019 election.
Residents are being encouraged to contact the Town directly to see if they are registered to vote.
The registration period is open until April 1, at 4:30 p.m. Residents may register in person, on the second floor of the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They may also download and mail in a voter registration form from the Town’s website.
Identification is required when Ocean View residents register to vote. A Delaware driver’s license is the preferred form of identification.
The Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building is located at 201 Central Avenue in Ocean View. For more information on voter registration, visit www.oceanviewde.com/clerk or call (302) 539-9797, ext. 101.
By Maria Counts