Bethany council election a pretty big deal


The first-ever Coastal Point Candidates Forum was held in Bethany Beach Town Hall last Friday night for the town’s coming town council election, and the results had to provide optimism for anybody with strong ties to Bethany Beach.

The candidates did a good job expressing their opinions and personalities, the town performed admirably as far as logistics and support and voters turned out to fill up the meeting room and participated with questions for the candidates. Outside of moderator (and our editor) Darin McCann nervously flubbing some remarks, it was a great success for all.

There is still plenty of information for voters to digest before the election this Saturday. We have run the Q&A series this week from the candidates, and the Bethany Beach Landowners Association is holding its Candidates’ Night on Friday, Sept. 7, at South Coastal Library at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. This event has taken place for at least 30 years, according to that group’s Web site, and it has historically drawn all the candidates for election, as well as a rabid audience.

Town council elections are important. Those who govern the municipality in which you live can have more of an impact on your day-to-day life than a county, state or federal governing body. They can determine your property taxes, your police coverage and what changes you can make to your home or property.

For smaller towns, these people volunteer themselves for the residents of these towns. Oh, many people think being a town council member is about showing up to a couple meetings a month. It’s much, much more than that, and largely a thankless job that invites more criticism than praise.

But somebody has to roll up their sleeves and do it, and we thank the five candidates in Bethany Beach who are battling for three spots on council. To re-cap, there are three incumbents running for a seat: Jerry Dorfman, Joseph Healy and Carol Olmstead. And two challengers are trying to garner a position: Anthony Carmen and Thomas Lennon.

The election will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 6 p.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall. Get out and vote!