Georgetown will not hold a municipal election this year, as both incumbents re-filed and were unopposed as of the April 19 deadline.
On the day of the deadline, the Town Council held a special meeting to certify that the incumbents – Stephen Hartstein of Ward 1 and Sue Barlow of Ward 2 – met all of the requirements for candidacy.
According to Town Clerk Angela Townsend, candidates must live within their ward, must be a U.S. citizen, must be at least 21 years old, and must be in good financial standing with the town. The election was to be held on May 11.
Hartstein is coming into his second term on the council. Originally from Dover, the 55-year-old vice president of the Insurance Market was raised in Laurel and has lived in Georgetown for 23 years.
"[I re-filed] because there are some things that still need to get done in Georgetown, and I think we have the right team here to do it," he said.
Hartstein said he hopes to continue work on making the town more business-friendly.
"That's primarily why I ran for council in the first place," he said. "So many businesses contact the town and go through the motions, and the next thing you know, they're opening up in Millsboro or elsewhere. They have to jump through too many hoops."
Barlow is entering her eighth full term on the council. The 69-year-old retired mother and avid volunteer is originally from Princeton, W. Va., but has lived in Georgetown for 43 years.
"I've always been really active in the town, and I had a lot of people ask me to keep serving," she said. "So I'm going to do it for another two years."
Barlow said there's still a lot of work to be done in her ward, where there are a lot of rentals.
"It's a difficult ward because most of the homes are not owner-occupied," she said. "I have problems with the landlords because some of them allow their properties to become dilapidated. There's also overcrowding, the wrecked car in the back yard, the trash, [and] a number of other problems."
The town did hold an election last year, when William West defeated incumbent Robert Ricker in Ward 3. Mayor Mike Wyatt and Councilwoman Linda Dennis ran unopposed.
Hartstein said being on the council takes a lot of time and energy, which may be the reason no one filed to run against this year's incumbents.
"A lot of people with families don't really have the time to put in," he said. "My kids are grown, so now I feel like I have the time."