The Town of Ocean View will host a Candidates’ Night on Monday, March 26, at 6 p.m. to give voters the opportunity to meet the two residents running for the District 4 council seat.
Incumbent Carol Bodine and resident Berton Reynolds are running for the seat, which has a three-year term. The event will be held at town hall and is open to the public.
“They’ll sit at the dais,” explained Ocean View Town Manager Dianne Vogel. “Each candidate will be given three minutes to explain why they want to run, discuss their platform or anything else they wish to tell us.”
After the candidates introduce themselves, there will be a chance for audience participation. The evening will be moderated by a member of the Board of Election or Vogel.
“We will have cards at the front for people to write their questions on; then, after the candidates have introduced themselves, the moderator will ask the questions of the candidates,” she explained. “If time permits at the end, and candidates want to make themselves available to meet with anyone in the audience one-on-one, then we’ll do that.”
Vogel said she expects the event to last about an hour. The election will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at town hall.
Those who reside in the town still have the opportunity to register to vote, as the deadline is April 2. Voters must be at least 18, a citizen of the United States and have maintained their residency in Ocean View for at least six months immediately preceding the election.
Residents may register in person, at the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building, or download and mail in a registration form through the Town’s website. Those who are registered to vote for state or county elections are not automatically entitled to vote in the Town’s election and must have registered with the Town.
Residents who have not voted in the Town’s elections in one or both of the past two consecutive years in which there was an election must re-register in order to vote in April.
As for the Candidates’ Night, Vogel said it’s a great way for residents to meet who will represent them for the next three years on council.
“Every organization I’ve worked with that has a board or council, they want to understand why people are running for a position — what their platform is, what their goals are. It’s important to have that they have the opportunity to share it,” she said.
For more information or to print an online registration form, visit www.oceanviewde.com/clerk. Those who are unsure if they are eligible to vote may visit or call town hall at (302) 539-9797, ext. 101. Ocean View Town Hall is located at 32 West Avenue in Ocean View.