With just enough candidates to fill the town council seats up for election in 2020, the Town of South Bethany will no longer be hosting a town council election on May 23.

There were three council seats up for election, each with two-year terms, and the mayoral election also offered a two-year term. Incumbent Mayor Timothy “Tim” Saxton will keep his seat, as will incumbent Council Members Sue Callaway and Derek Abbott. Joining the council will be Randall “Randy” Bartholomew, as Don Boteler did not seek a third term.

“I look forward to working with my neighbors and the Town Council to continue South Bethany’s family-oriented, quiet resort,” wrote Bartholomew in a public email to the South Bethany Property Owners Association (SBPOA).

He and his wife, Gloria, have owned property in South Bethany since 2001, and became full-time residents two years ago, after his retirement, having lived in Maryland, near Washington, D.C.

“Early in my career, I was a CPA, progressing into controllership and financial management roles with two prominent real estate shopping mall developers, the Rouse Company and the Mills Corporation. I retired as the EVP and COO of the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, based in D.C.,” Bartholomew wrote.

The four candidates will be sworn in at the council re-organizational meeting, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m.

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