Next month, Ocean View will hold its annual municipal election, and Bear Trap resident Kent Liddle hopes to serve the town as the new District 4 councilman.
“In every area we’ve lived, I’ve tried to be involved with something in the community,” said Liddle. “It’s the way my parents raised me — you need to give something back to your community. I’ve always had a great interest with kids, with eight of my own. I always thought it was important to help.”
Up until recently, Liddle served on the Town’s Planning & Zoning Commission, to which he was appointed by former Mayor Gordon Wood, at the recommendation of now-Mayor Walter Curran.
“I know Walt Curran real well. We’re good friends,” said Liddle. Serving on Planning & Zoning, he said, “You get an early vision of what’s going on in the community. It’s nice to see. The group is pretty pro-business and wants good growth.”
Liddle moved to Bear Trap with his wife, Tina, from Downingtown, Pa., in 2010 and retired two years ago, having served as a sales executive with Mohoawk Industries, running their Mid-Atlantic region.
“I traveled down here on business,” explained Liddle. “A fellow who worked for me at the time lives in Georgetown, and he would talk about how great it was. At that point in the early ’90s, we’d take long day trips and come down to Rehoboth or make it a weekend trip to the beach. The kids loved it.
“We always wanted to find a second place, and we finally got to the point where we could afford to do it. I just happened to be down here, calling on Mary Ann’s Interiors, and she said, ‘You should look at this place called Bear Trap — it’s just getting started.’”
Liddle bought a home in Bear Trap in 2001 and has been serving on the community’s board for six years, and for the past year has been president of the Village at Bear Trap Dunes Owners Association.
“I just thought it would be something fun to do,” said Liddle of running for District 4 councilman. “I knew Bob Lawless was going off, and I thought this might be an opportunity to do something more.”
Along with his service on the community’s board, Liddle volunteers his time at the Gull House Adult Activities Center and also runs an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group in Ocean View.
“I think I spent so many years working with youth — now that I’ve gotten older, I feel like I need to work with people that are older,” said Liddle, who spent many years coaching and served as vice president of a large youth hockey program in Pennsylvania. “And there’s such a need for it. As all of the baby boomers are becoming the largest segment now, Alzheimer’s has become one of the biggest diseases in the country.”
If elected, Liddle said, he hopes to help the Town navigate through street construction, which has been an issue for a number of years.
“If I get elected, I want to follow through with the road situation we’re in. It has to do with micro-surfacing of the first phase in Bear Trap and Avon Park. We got a bad job. It wasn’t done properly, and from Day 1 I’ve been telling people it needs to be fixed, so I want to stay on top of that.
“I think the road situation is important. I want to contribute. What are they going to do in the future, so we’re spending our money wisely as a town, so we’re getting the best bang for our dollar?”
Liddle said he loves the town of Ocean View and is happy to be a part of the community.
“What don’t I like about it?” he said rhetorically. “It’s kind of like living in paradise every single day. There are wonderful people; there are always things to do. The summers are hectic but wonderful. Our fall, the shoulder season is my favorite time of year. We have great golf down here, which I enjoy doing. Everything about the area is nice.”
As for campaigning, Liddle said he plans to work his email lists and will be attending the Town’s Candidates’ Night on March 26, at 7 p.m. at town hall.
“I care about people a lot, and I’m a good listener. I’m not afraid to reach out or speak up, and I try to be fair and treat people the way I would like to be treated,” he said.
The municipal election in the Town of Ocean View will be held Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at town hall.