Debuchananne running for District 4 seat in Ocean View


Next month, Ocean View will hold its annual municipal election, selecting someone to hold the District 4 council seat, which is currently held by Councilman Bob Lawless, who is term-limited. The election has four contenders, and Fairway Village resident Jon Debuchananne is one of the four who hope to win the seat.

“I was convinced by a bunch of people at the gym I go to,” said Debuchananne of his decision to run. “I have time, and I thought it would be interesting. I’ve got plenty of time… I thought, ‘Why not?’”

Debuchananne was born in Tennessee and grew up in Maryland, and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, as well as a degree in business.

He worked as mortgage banker for several banks over the years and moved to Ocean View four years ago.

“I had been here on vacation. It was a compromise of sorts. I wanted to go south, but I have family in Maryland, so I chose Ocean View,” he explained. “I love being away from the Washington, D.C., area. I love the pace of life and what it has to offer — the beach and the other amenities. It’s a nice, laidback place to retire and relax. It’s close enough to the Maryland area, where my children and grandchildren live.”

Having owned his own business for a number of years, as well as serving on a number of homeowners associations, Debuchananne said he has the background and experience to serve the town well.

He said that, if he is elected, he would focus on keeping Ocean View as it is.

“One of my pet peeves, in a way, is people leave a place, and, for example, come here. Then they want to change here into what they just left. I like it the way it is, so I’d like to keep it the way it is. Why try to change this back to what you just left?” he asked. “I moved here, as a lot of people do, because of the taxes. That’s one of the reasons why I want to keep it the way it is.”

Debuchananne said he would be happy to serve his neighbors as their new councilman just as much as he enjoys living in the town.

“I’ve met a lot of people. There’s a lot of different people from different backgrounds, and that makes it fun and interesting,” he said. “It’s great. I’m very happy.”

The municipal election in Ocean View will be held Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at town hall.