OV encourages residents to attend Candidates’ Night


With the Town of Ocean View set to hold its annual municipal election to elect a resident to the District 4 council seat in April, a Candidates’ Night will be held on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

Held at town hall, the event will allow candidates to present their platforms and answer any questions posed by attending citizens. Tom Silvia, who serves as chairman of the Board of Elections, will moderate the forum.

All four District 4 candidates — Carol Bodine, Jon Debuchananne, Kent Liddle and Don Walsh — will be in attendance.

Although the election is to fill the District 4 seat on council, anyone who is registered voter in town may vote in the election.

Voter registration

The last Town election was held in 2011. Currently, there are 799 residents registered to vote in Ocean View elections.

The Town’s Code, § 54-4, stipulates that, “A person shall be required to register one time; provided, however, that if a registered voter fails to vote in two consecutive annual elections in which there is a contest, his name shall be removed from the ‘Books of Registered Voters’ and notice shall be sent to said registered voter at his last known address by first class mail advising that his name has been removed from the ‘Books of Registered Voters’ and that it will be necessary to register again in order to be eligible to vote at the annual election.”

Town Clerk Donna Schwartz said that no one has been removed from the Town’s book of registered voters for this election; however, those who are unsure if they are registered to vote should call town hall.

The deadline to register to vote is April 1, at 4 p.m. In order to qualify as, the prospective voter must be 18 or older and a citizen of the United States and have Ocean View residency for at least six months immediately preceding the election.

Ocean View town hall is located at 32 West Avenue.