On Saturday, April 9, Ocean View opened its election polls, and more than 500 residents cast their votes, along with more than 80 absentee ballots, to elect the town’s new mayor and District 3 councilman.
Mayor Gordon Wood won re-election to his seat with a total of 306 votes — beating opponents George Pickrell’s 286 votes and Lloyd Elling’s 46 votes.
“A landslide is gratifying,” said Wood following the announcement of the results.
“We’re looking forward to him finishing what he started,” added resident Bob Bacon.
Pickrell, who lost by 20 votes, said that he gave the election his best shot.
“I hope everything works out for the best for the town of Ocean View,” he said.
Elling commented that there were many factors that could have changed the outcome of the election, noting that more than 180 registered voters did not vote.
“I never expected to win, but I did not think I would be limited to 45 votes,” said Elling in a written statement. “I hold out hope that one day all of our town’s taxpayers will have a vote for and on our Ocean View Town Council. I hold out hope that our business development on the corners of Route 26 and West Avenue will give our Town a terrific central image.
“Unfortunately, this election may have rejected soundly those ideas. I hope that the frustrations of the residents of the Preserve development will soon find a fairer resolution with the Town of Ocean View,” he added.
Tom Sheeran won the District 3 seat with a total of 398 votes, beating incumbent Perry Mitchell and his 226 votes.
“I was just glad that so many people showed up, turned out to vote,” said Sheeran of his win. “I’m very happy with the mayor. I’m glad he’s back again. I think we’ll have a good council.”
In a written statement issued after the results were announced, Mitchell said the election had been difficult for him, publically and privately, and predicted that the outcome would result in the continued increase of property taxes.
“I had faced a lot of controversial issues over the years,” he wrote. “I did not duck this campaign, and I waged the best I could in spite of the controversy. I made the issues very clear and provided a realistic plan to reduce our taxes. The voters of Ocean View thought otherwise, and that is how democracy works. I accept their results.”
“I’m really looking forward to working with Tom,” said Wood of Sheeran.
“I’m very happy with the results, and I think we’ve got an excellent council, which will go a long way,” commented resident Steve Micciche.
The new council will be sworn in on Tuesday, April 27, at the council’s reorganizational meeting, at 7 p.m. in town hall.