Across Sussex County, school board elections will be held Tuesday, May 14. In the Indian River School District, four of 10 positions on the board are up for election in 2019.

In District 4, there are two candidates for one seat. Donald G. Hattier of Dagsboro and Scott W. Smith of Frankford will compete to represent Frankford, western Dagsboro and eastern towns toward the beach.

In District 5, there are three candidates for two seats. Derek E. Cathell of Frankford, W. Scott Collins of Selbyville and Jeffrey W. Evans of Selbyville will compete to represent Selbyville, Gumboro and parts of Frankford.

In District 3, there is no contest. Heather Statler is running unopposed for District 3, to continue representing southern Millsboro and northern Dagsboro on both sides of Route 113.

School board terms are five years, with this year's elected seats having terms running from July 1, 2019, until mid-2024.

Voter registration is not required for residents of the district to vote in school board elections. Eligible voters must be 18 or older and a resident of both the State of Delaware and the school district.

Absentee voting is allowed. Early voting can be completed at the Department of Elections during business hours, any time before noon on March 13. The department will mail out absentee ballots if they receive a completed affidavit at least four days before the election.

For more details and election maps contact the Department of Elections, Sussex County Office, at 119 N. Race Street, Georgetown, or call (302) 856-5367, fax (302) 856-5082 or visit

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter