The bulk of voters came out early on a sweltering Saturday to cast their votes in the 2014 Bethany Beach Town Council election, selecting from five candidates — all but one of whom were incumbents — four people to serve two-year terms on the council. And what little potential for change there was with that election slate came to pass, as voters elected challenger Brue Frye, handing two-term councilwoman Margaret Young a loss.
In voting on Sept. 6, citizens made first-time candidate Rosemary Hardiman their top pick, with 365 in-person votes and 339 absentee-ballot votes — 704 total. Hardiman was appointed to the council this spring to replace then-mayor Tony McClenny, who died Aug. 25 after a battle with brain cancer. This was her first run for the council.
Close behind was Councilman Lew Killmer, with 700 total votes — 381 in-person votes and 319 absentee votes. Mayor Jack Gordon was also returned to the council with 682 votes (377 in-person and 305 absentee). Frye completed the list of elected candidates, with 621 total votes (326 in-person and 295 absentee votes). Young fell more than 100 votes short, with 519 total votes (285 in-person and 234 absentee).
A council reorganizational meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 15 at town hall. At that time, the elected council members will be sworn in and select from among their number the mayor, vice-mayor and council secretary/treasurer for the coming council year.