Bethany Beach to hold council election Sept. 7

Bethany Beach town council elections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m., with voting at town hall. There are three council seats up for election this year, each with a two-year term.

The seats up for election in 2019 are currently held by full-time residents Joseph Healy and Jerry Morris, and part-time resident Patrick Sheplee. In addition to the three incumbents, full-time resident Lee Bunting has also filed to run.

At least four of the seven total council members must be residents of the town, but all may be residents. Voters can vote for up to three candidates.

Those wishing to vote in the Sept. 7 election must be: 18 or older; and either a freeholder in the town for at least 90 days prior to the election or a full-time resident for at least six months prior to the election.

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.

Absentee ballots may be requested via affidavit, which can be obtained from Town Hall or online at, and must be filed no later than noon on election day, at which point they can be provided with an absentee ballot via mail or in person. The ballot must be filed before polls close on the day of the election.

The Coastal Point has again been asked to moderate a candidate’s night event for the Town of Bethany Beach’s town council election this year. The event will be held on Friday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall. Point Executive Editor Darin McCann will serve as moderator.

“We’re excited to help in the process of getting as much information to Bethany Beach’s voters as we can,” said McCann. “It’s heartening when the candidates for office are all interested in engaging with each other and the citizens of the town in an open setting, and it’s our hope that everyone comes out of the meeting feeling that the forum was beneficial all around.”

The event will again be streamed live on the Town of Bethany Beach website, for those unable to attend in person.

Editor’s note: Per Coastal Point editorial policy, all letters to the editor regarding this election must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26, to appear in the Aug. 30 issue. No letters to the editor regarding the election will be published in the Sept. 6 issue, which will include our traditional Q&A with the candidates.


By M. Patricia Titus

Managing Editor