Ocean View to hold special election for Sheeran’s seat

At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting this week, the Ocean View Town Council had a moment of silence in honor of former councilman Tom Sheeran, who passed away on Nov. 22.

“For those who may not know, we lost a very good man recently,” said Mayor Walter Curran, before holding the moment of silence.

Sheeran joined the Ocean View council in April 2011 and was reelected last year to serve another three years as the District 3 councilperson.

The special election will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Town Hall.

Those interested in filling the position must file a certification of intent to run and pay a $50 filing fee at the Town’s administrative offices in the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building no later than 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 8.

Those residents who wish to run must live within the Town’s District 3, which includes Bridal Ridge, Hunter’s Run, Ocean Mist, Savannah’s Landing, Rosegate II, East, Ocean View Beach Club, Ocean Way Estates, Meyle Estates, Silverwoods, Southview and Westview.

Those filing must be at least 18; a U.S. citizen; a Town of Ocean View eligible registered voter; a resident for at least one year immediately preceding the date of election; and a resident of District 3 at the time of filing and during the full term of office.

The term is set to expire in April 2017.

Those who wish to vote in the election should make sure they are registered to vote. Registration to vote in state elections does not make one registered to vote in Ocean View Town elections.

Residents who wish to vote in the special election in February must register with the Town. Voters must be at least 18, a citizen of the United States and have maintained Ocean View residency for at least six months immediately preceding the election.

Town officials noted that “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 Feb. 20, 2016, election.”

Those who wish to register may do so 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. Identification is required when people register to vote. A Delaware driver’s license is the preferred form of identification.

As of Dec. 8, no candidates had filed to run in the special election.

For more information, contact the Town of Ocean View at (302) 539-9797.