The Town of Millsboro will be holding its annual town council elections on June 9 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at town hall.
Two seats on council are currently up for grabs: the seat representing District 1, currently held by Mayor Robert Bryan, and the seat representing District 3, currently held by Councilwoman Irene Keenan.
“District 1 is east on 113 and south of 24, or Main Street. District 3 is everything on the west side of 113,” explained Town Manager Faye Lingo.
Lingo noted that those who are interested in filing to run a candidate must live within one of the two districts. The elected officials will each serve a three-year term.
Currently, only Bryan has filed as a candidate for the upcoming election. Lingo said that if no one else files, both Bryan and Keenan would retain their positions on council.
“Then the incumbent automatically retains that position,” she explained. “They would have to resign in order to no longer hold the position.”
She added that, if Keenan would like to no longer serve on council if no one filed to run for her seat, she could resign and the council would then decide what to do with the vacant seat.
“Then the council would have the option to appoint someone, or they can leave the position vacant.”
Those who are interesting in running for one of the two council positions must file a “certificate of intention” or “statement or organization” form at town hall no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 15. Those who wish to run must be at least 21, a bona fide resident of the United States and the state of Delaware, and a resident of the town of Millsboro for at least one year prior to the election.
Lingo said that those residents who wish to vote in the town election do not need to fill out a voter registration form but do need to be on the town’s tax roster.
“We just have to make sure that they are on our tax roster,” explained Lingo. “So if anyone would want to verify that they are, they would just have to call town hall to make sure their name is on the list. If they aren’t on the list, we would ask for proof that they are residing at that residence.”
Lingo noted that, on election day, the town can get as few as 50 voters or as many as 400, depending on what issues are currently being discussed in the town.
“If there is one, we’d like to have everybody show up to vote. It’s always better to have more than less on an election day. We’ll all have to just wait and see.”
She added that she hopes that whatever the outcome of the election may be, that those who fill the position will continue to work to better the town.
“We’ve been fortunate in Millsboro that we’ve always had good councilpersons who are willing to work on issues and work together. We would hope that whatever comes out of it would continue to be more of the same,” added Lingo.