On Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall, the Coastal Point will again host Candidates' Night for the annual town council elections in Bethany Beach.

We have invited all six candidates for the four council seats up for election this year to join us for a two-hour question-and-answer session moderated by Coastal Point Executive Editor Darin McCann. The public is also invited to attend in person, or to listen in/watch via the Town's online streaming media portal at http://townofbethanybeach.com/373/Live-AudioVideo-Recordings.

The candidates this year include residents Faith M. Denault, R. Bruce Frye (an incumbent), Rosemary Hardiman (an incumbent), Lew Killmer (an incumbent) and James E. Sirkis, and non-resident Larry Fishel. (Mayor Jack Gordon did not file for re-election.) The council term is two years.

“We're really excited to be able to host this event again. It's always encouraging when there are enough residents who want to get involved that it warrants an election, and, hopefully, the people in attendance get enough information to help them make the best choice for them when they hit the polls,” said McCann.

The format for the event will be the same as in past events: Each candidate will have two minutes to introduce themselves. Then there will be two or three questions from McCann, with each candidate having two minutes to answer. If there is time left before the event officially concludes at 9 p.m. sharp, McCann will open up the floor to questions from the audience.

“The Town has been great,” McCann added of the cooperation the Coastal Point has received in coordinating the event, provided by Town Manager Cliff Graviet. “Cliff has been outstanding in providing us the facilities and equipment to put this on, and then taking a step back. He has remained adamant that this is the Coastal Point's event, and that the Town did not want to put any influence on questions or the general format.”

As per Coastal Point editorial policy, no letters-to-the-editor regarding the 2018 Bethany Beach Town Council election will be published in our Sept. 7 issue. Such letters must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, in order to be published. In addition to the Candidates' Night event, our traditional question-and-answer series with the candidates will appear in our Sept. 7 issue, giving the candidates the final say.

Bethany Beach property owners who are listed on the Town's property tax list are not required to register to vote in Town elections. Residents of Bethany Beach who do not own property must register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. Residents may register at Town Hall or request a mailed registration form by telephone, mail or by email. All voters must be 18 or older, and they may vote for up to four candidates this year.

Absentee ballots may be obtained by contacting Town Hall and requesting an affidavit, or affidavits are also available on the Town's website at www.townofbethanybeach.com. The written affidavit must be filed no later than noon on Friday, Sept. 7. After approval of the affidavit, an absentee ballot will be provided, either in person or mailed. Absentee ballots must be received before the polls close on the day of the election.

The Bethany Beach Town Council election will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at town hall.

By M. Patricia Titus

Managing Editor