On Saturday, April 9, Ocean View’s election polls were open, and more than 500 residents turned out to vote to elect the town’s mayor and District 3 councilman.
Mayoral incumbent 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 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.”
Tom Sheeran won the District 3 seat with a total of 398 votes, soundly beating incumbent Perry Mitchell’s 226 votes.
“I was just glad that so many people showed up, turned out to vote,” said Sheeran of his win, "very happy with the mayor. I’m glad he’s back again. I think we’ll have a good council.”
“I’m really looking forward to working with Tom,” echoed 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,” said 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.
Pick up the April 15 issue of the Coastal Point for more on the 2011 elections in Ocean View.