Candidates can enter South Bethany race


The South Bethany Town Council has four of seven seats up for re-election this year. Candidates can now toss their hats into the ring for the 2019 race.

The deadline to file paperwork at Town Hall is Wednesday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m. The election will be May 25.

Three of the seats have two-year terms, and one seat has a one-year term, all beginning on June 1.

Candidates must be 21 or older; a U.S. citizen and otherwise qualified to vote at the annual municipal election (according to Town Charter Chapter 6A). No candidate can have been convicted of a felony or any crime of moral turpitude.

The seats up for eleciton are currently held by Carol Stevenson, Frank Weisgerber, Gerald “Jerry” Masiello and Jimmy Oliver. (The first two were elected in 2017, and the latter two were appointed to vacancies in 2018. Masiello is completing a one-year term.)

At least four members of town council must be residents of the town, although up to three can only be “freeholders.”

In South Bethany, a resident is defined as any person “who has been physically residing within the corporate limits of the town for at least nine months, consecutively or nonconsecutively, of the twelve-month period immediately preceding the date of the election and who is physically residing within the town on the date of the election.”

A freeholder is any person who has owned property in town (either in their own name or as trustee) for at least 90 days before Election Day.

Voting laws and the Town Charter (Sections C-5 and C-6) are posted online at https://ecode360.com/8879203. Additional details are on the Town website at https://southbethany.delaware.gov.

For information, contact Town Hall, 402 Evergreen Road, South Bethany; email townhall@southbethany.org; or call (302) 539-3653.

 

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter