By Laura Walter
As South Bethany’s town council election approaches on May 27, part-time South Bethany resident and current Councilman Wayne Schrader has decided to exit the race.
Schrader is an attorney in Virginia, where he said this year’s trial calendar and caseload are so packed that he could not dedicate the time that South Bethany deserves.
“I’m not going to seek the office,” Schrader said. “I still am practicing law and I, among other things, looked at my schedule for the year. It became clear to me that there would be a significant risk that I would miss too many meetings. … It just wasn’t fair to the Town. It wasn’t fair to me, either. I could not do it.”
Schrader said he planned to announce his withdrawal from the election publicly at the May 12 council meeting. He said he’s enjoyed his time on the town council, with his two-year term ending in June of 2017. He was also the council’s representative on the Charter & Code Committee.
“It’s been great. It’s been challenging. It’s been really wonderful to meet all of my neighbors who, before, I didn’t have the chance to meet or interact with,” he said. “I enjoyed the debate on the council and the interaction with council members,” as well as the committees and police department. “I wish I could do it again.”
There’s still important work to be done in South Bethany, and Schrader said he will possibly seek office again in future. Until then, his weekend trips to the beach will focus more on pleasure than business.
Five candidates remain in the 2017 race for three council seats: three challengers, Joseph Mormando, Sharon Polansky and former councilman Timothy Saxton; and incumbents Carol Stevenson and Frank Weisgerber Jr. They will each speak at the May 12 town council meeting, meet the public and briefly introduce themselves and their goals.
The two-year terms for the three winners in the May 27 election will begin in June.
Absentee voting will be permitted. More information is available by visiting town hall at 402 Evergreen Road or online at www.southbethany.org, by writing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (302) 539-3653.