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Sussex Countian
  • Georgetown election attracts full slate of candidates

  • In Georgetown’s upcoming municipal election, the seats of mayor, Ward 3 councilperson and Ward 4 councilperson are up for grabs.
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  • THE ISSUE In Georgetown’s upcoming municipal election, the seats of mayor, Ward 3 councilperson and Ward 4 councilperson are up for grabs. Prior to the April 17 filing deadline, Ward 3 Councilman Bill West submitted his bid for the mayoral seat and Ward 4 Councilwoman Linda Dennis announced she would not seek reelection. This left the two council seats empty and sparked the first mayoral election in four years, as Mayor Mike Wyatt had already filed for reelection.
    WHAT’S HAPPENED Following a special meeting at 5:01 p.m. on April 17 to certify the 2014 candidates, the Town of Georgetown released a notice of election, announcing this year’s municipal hopefuls. Wyatt, who is ending his third nonconsecutive term as mayor and served for seven years on the Town Council, will defend his seat against challenger West, who is ending his first term on the council. Chris Lecates, a retired educator with the Cape Henlopen School District and member of the Georgetown Planning Commission, and Eric Evans, a code and building administrator for the Town of Millville and a member of the Georgetown Board of Adjustment, have filed for the Ward 3 seat. David Anderson, a 20-year employee with Lowes in Millsboro, and Ray Hopkins, owner of ServPro of Sussex County who formerly served on the council for four years, have filed for Ward 4.
    WHAT’S NEXT The election is from 1 to 7 p.m. on May 10 at Town Hall, 39 The Circle. The deadline to register to vote is 4:30 p.m. on April 25. The deadline for absentee ballots is noon on May 9. For more information and to learn how to register or submit an absentee ballot, visit georgetowndel.com or call (302) 856-7391. The Sussex Countian will run a special Voters Guide in its May 1 issue, which will allow each candidate to introduce themselves and plead their cases. The Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce is planning a candidates’ forum, but has not yet announced a date.
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