Dewey candidate forum set Aug. 26

Three incumbents have filed; election scheduled for Sept. 23
August 22, 2023

The Dewey Beach Civic League will hold a town commissioner candidates forum at 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave.

Incumbent candidates Paul Bauer, Elisabeth Gibbings and David Jasinski have filed for re-election. The filing deadline is Thursday, Aug. 24; no other candidate had filed to run by the Cape Gazette’s Monday print deadline. 

Bauer was first elected in 2017, and has served as council secretary for five years. Commissioner liaison to the budget and finance committee and marketing committee, Bauer is a member of the Dewey Beach Lions Club and the Delaware Sports Commission.

Gibbings first ran in 2021 and is liaison to the investment committee. A clinical psychologist, she has served as president and in other elected positions in the Delaware Psychological Association and with the American Psychological Association as a member of the Council of Representatives.

Jasinski filed for his first full term in 2021 after filling the remaining term of former Mayor TJ Redefer, who died in April 2020. He also served as commissioner in 2014-15. Liaison to the infrastructure committee, Jasinski previously served on the budget and finance committee, and the planning and zoning commission.

If no one else besides the three incumbents files to run, an election will not be held, but the civic league will still hold the forum even if an election is not needed. 

Following the forum, the civic league will hold its annual league membership meeting to elect officers for the coming year. 

An election has not been held in Dewey since 2020. The incumbents all ran unopposed in 2021, and Mayor Bill Stevens and Commissioner Gary Persinger also ran unopposed for their two-year seats in 2022. 

Candidate filing and voter registration deadline is 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24. Election day is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Lifesaving Station.

Election information for candidates and voters, including the absentee ballot request form, is available at or by calling 302-227-6363.

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