Selbyville calls for candidates in town council election


Selbyville’s town council and mayoral election day is approaching, scheduled for Saturday, March 7. Residents wishing to serve on the council must register to run in the election by Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Three seats are up for election, including those currently held by Councilmen G. Frank Smith III, Clarence Tingle Jr. and Mayor Clifton Murray. Each position carries a term of two years, from this spring to March of 2017.

Candidates must file a written Notice of Candidacy in the Town Hall by Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 4:30 p.m. Forms are available at Town Hall.

Eligible candidates must be at least 21; be a citizen of the U.S. and Delaware; and have been a bona fide resident of the town for at least one year prior to election day.

The deadline for candidates is Tuesday, Feb. 3, despite the fact that the Town Charter calls for it to be Feb. 10, as State election rules trump municipal rules. The first Tuesday of February has been recently used by the Town, to fit within State requirements for advertising and hosting the election.

Voter registration is also at Town Hall. To qualify to vote, people must be at least 18, a U.S. citizen and be a resident of the town. Voters may follow the official Town Charter deadline of Feb. 10, even though the voter deadline was originally published as Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m., said Virginia Pepper of the Board of Elections. Absentee voting is not permitted in Selbyville.