Ocean View seeks candidates for mayor, council positions

The Town of Ocean View is currently seeking candidates to run for election as council member representing District 3 and as mayor, both with three-year terms.

“One of the most important investments of anyone’s life is their home,” said District 2 Councilman Bob Lawless. “The choice of where to purchase that home has a great deal to do with the community in which you’re going to locate. Ocean View is an extraordinary part of the United States of America. It has a rich history dating back to pre-Colonial times, and there are still decedents of those original families amongst us.

“Those of us who come from other points of the Northeast can look on this as a major treasure,” he continued. “Not only are we really close to the beach and the summer fun, but we have people who are have been here for 200 years and can share the richness of that culture with us.

“If you want to protect your investment in your home and in your community,” he added, “it’s really important that you participate in the governance of our town.”

Mayor Gordon Wood is term-limited and cannot run for reelection in 2014. Councilman Tom Sheeran represents District 3, which includes Hunters Run, and is up for reelection.

According to Town Manager Dianne Vogel, as of Coastal Point’s early holiday deadline on Tuesday, no residents had filed to run for either seat.

Those who wish to file to run for mayor must be at least 18, have lived in Ocean View for two years immediately preceding the date of election and must be a qualified registered voter in the town. The candidate elected must maintain a permanent residence in the town during their term.

According to the code, the mayoral duties include, “the head of the Town government for all ceremonial purposes, by the courts for serving civil processes, and by the governor for the purpose of military and emergency law.”

Those who wish to file to represent District 3 must be at least 18, have lived in Ocean View for one year immediately preceding the date of election, must live in District 3 and must be a qualified registered voter. Voting for the council seat is town-wide, even though the councilperson will represent District 3.

For both positions, a resident wishing to run must file a “Certificate of Notification” and a “Certificate of Intention,” along with a $50 filing fee. Filing for the mayoral seat must be completed by Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m., and by March 12 at 4:30 p.m. for District 3.

Lawless said that the council works together toward the common goal of doing what is best for their town.

“We’ve experienced, in the not too distant past, what happens when people aren’t paying attention and the town is left to people who have agendas other than the best interest of the town at heart. It took us a long time to recover from that period,” he said.

“We are fortunate that over the last several years we have had a council that works, is involved and cares. Now, we have a town manager who I think is an extraordinary asset to our town.”

Councilpersons are paid a sum of less than $1,000 per year for their service to the community.

Along with looking for council and mayoral candidates, the Town also has a vacant seat on the Board of Elections, as well as two vacant seats for alternate members of the board. Candidates are being sought for those positions, too.

Those who wish to vote in the April 12 election must make sure they are registered to vote within the town. The Town will be sending out voter registration notices next month. Residents must register by April 2 in order to vote in the upcoming election.

On Election Day, the polls will open at 8 a.m. at town hall and close at 5 p.m. Following the closing of the polls, the Board of Elections will tally the votes and announce the winners.

Lawless said that it is important for residents to participate in the town’s government and be involved.

“It’s really critical that the citizens be aware that we have an election coming up and that they need to participate in it — if not to run for office, at least to vote. Find out who’s running, ask them questions. If there are things you think are important, now is your chance.”

For more information, or to file, call (302) 539-9797 or go to the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building at 201 Central Avenue in Ocean View between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.