South Bethany has eight candidates for four seats

Four seats will be contested in the 2019 South Bethany Town Council election.

The election is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Candidates include a mix of men and women, incumbents and challengers, residents and property owners. Terms all begin on June 1.

There are three seats with two-year terms, featuring candidates Jane Bonbright, Laurence “Larry” Budd, Darren Donohue, Richard “Dick” Oliver, Carol Stevenson, and Frank Weisgerber.

James “Jimmy” Oliver is not running for reelection.

There is one seat with a one-year term, featuring candidates Derek Abbott and Gerald “Jerry” Masiello.

(After being certified, candidates Donna DiNicola and Linda Lewis withdrew from the running.)

Although the South Bethany Board of Elections certified the candidates during an April 17 public meeting, officials did not share certified names until publishing them April 22.

Eligible voters must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old by election day. They must either be a town resident (physically residing in town for at least 30 days preceding election day); a freeholder (property owner or trustee for at least 90 consecutive days before election day); or the spouse of a freeholder (whether listed on the deed, or not). No more than eight people may vote as a “freeholder” or “spouse” per property. There are no numerical restrictions to residents voting.

Absentee voting will be available for those who cannot attend the actual polling place during election hours. To request an affidavit, voters can call or visit Town Hall, or the town website’s election webpage. Affidavits are due to Town Hall by May 24 at noon, in person (or May 21 at noon, if requesting a ballot by mail). After submitting a completed affidavit to Town Hall, an absentee ballot will be handed/mailed to the requestor. Absentee ballots must be returned by May 25 at 3 p.m.

South Bethany Town Hall is located at 402 Evergreen Road, South Bethany, Del. Details are available by calling (302) 539-3653 or online at


By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter