Ocean View seeking candidates for town council election

The Town of Ocean View will hold its annual town council election on Saturday, April 2. They will elect a councilperson from both District 1 and District 2, for three-year terms.

As of March 2, only one candidate, Frank Twardzik, had filed to run in District 2. The seat is currently held by Geoff Christ, who is serving his second term on the council.

Bill Olsen of District 1 will be completing his first term on council in April; however, as of Coastal Point’s March 2 deadline, he had yet to file for reelection.

Those who are interested in serving on the Ocean View Town Council must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen; have been a resident for at least one year immediately preceding the date of election; be a resident of District 1 or 2 at the time of filing and during the full term of office; and be a Town of Ocean View eligible registered voter.

Any District 1 or District 2 resident who wishes to file as candidate must file a “Certification of Intention” and pay a $50 filing fee at the office of the town manager no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9.

Those residents who wish to vote in the annual municipal election must first become a registered voter with the Town. State or county voter registration does not entitle residents to vote in Town of Ocean View elections.

To be a qualified voter in the Town of Ocean View, residents must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and have held Ocean View residency for at least six months immediately preceding the election. The deadline to register to vote in the April election is March 30, at 4 p.m.

Voters may register in person on the second floor of the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building, located at 201 Central Avenue, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residents may also download and mail in a voter registration form from the Town’s website, at www.oceanviewde.com/clerk. Identification is required when people register to vote. A Delaware driver’s license is the preferred form of identification.

Town officials recommend contacting the town administration if residents are unsure if they are a registered voter. Any resident who has not voted in the Town of Ocean View’s election for the past two consecutive years in which there was an election must re-register in order to be eligible to vote in the 2016 election.

The annual election of the Town of Ocean View will be held on Saturday, April 9, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., at Town Hall, located at 32 West Avenue. To inquire about voter registration or how to file as a candidate in the upcoming election, call Ocean View’s Town office at (302) 539-9797.