The Town of Bethany Beach will be holding a town council election on Saturday, Sept. 10. There will be five candidates vying for three seats — with challengers Tony Carmen and Tom Lennon battling incumbents Jerry Dorfman, Joe Healy and Carol Olmstead.
This is a pretty big election for the town, and is certain to bare some emotions from residents, as incumbents versus challengers always seems to spark feelings. Plus, there are some big issues for voters to consider, from the town’s plans downtown to replenishment to the ever-persistent chatter concerning parking.
However, we feel that voters have a great opportunity to be informed this year when they cast their ballots.
We will be hosting the first Coastal Point Candidates Forum at Bethany Beach Town Hall on Friday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. Point Editor Darin McCann will moderate, and interested parties will be able to listen to a live stream of the evening on the Internet, through the town’s Website at www.townofbethanybeach.com.
The Bethany Beach Landowners Association (BBLA) will also be continuing their traditional candidates night at the South Coastal Library on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. This has been going on for decades, and we hope that our forum will present opportunities for the BBLA to follow up on some questions we posed to the candidates a week earlier, as well as attract voters who might only be in town for that particular weekend to cast their votes.
We will also be running our Q&A piece in our Sept. 9 issue of the Coastal Point. We choose not to endorse candidates, instead running this piece to allow voters to make up their own minds.
Also, letters to the editor regarding this election have already been appearing the past few weeks in the paper. This is an opportunity for residents to see who their neighbors are supporting, as well as maybe pointing out certain attributes of particular candidates.
Please remember, it has been our policy since this paper’s inception to not run any election-based letters the week of the election. We do that because a letter that comes out the day before an election can not be countered or disputed before the vote.
With that in mind, our deadline for letters to run in the Sept. 2 issue of the Coastal Point is Monday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m.