Rehoboth polls to open at 10 a.m. Aug. 13

August 12, 2016

Rehoboth Beach voters head to the polls Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Rehoboth fire hall to fill two commissioner seats. Polls open at 10 a.m.

Three candidates are running for the two seats: incumbents Stan Mills and Toni Sharp and attorney Richard Perry. All three candidates are running as residents; the winners will serve three-year terms.

Mills, 61, is seeking his fourth term in office, having first been elected in 2007. A Rehoboth resident for 18 years, Mills has promoted his work on behalf of the city, citing his experience on projects such as the Boardwalk reconstruction. A graduate of Bucknell University, Mills said the city’s biggest challenge is managing its identity and preserving the small-town charm that draws people to Rehoboth in the first place.

Perry, 67, has been a resident of Rehoboth since 2009, although he has vacationed in town since the 1980s. An attorney by trade, Perry has worked in banking with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Home Loan Bank Board and Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corp. He ran for commissioner last year, garnering 407 votes in an election won by Paul Kuhns and Patrick Gossett. Perry has said his goal as commissioner is to improve government efficiency by avoiding getting bogged down with ordinances that he called solutions looking for problems, such as the recently enacted law mandating when trash cans can be put out.

Sharp, 65, is seeking her second term in office after running unopposed in 2013. A full-time resident of Rehoboth since 2012, Sharp says she wants a second term to continue implementing initiatives begun during her first term, such as long-term financial planning, better communications with the public and preserving the character of Rehoboth. Sharp said she worked hard to fund a full-time communications specialist position and would like to actively research public opinion in a second term. Sharp, who lives on Silver Lake, is a member of the board of directors of Save Our Lakes Alliance3.

City Manager Sharon Lynn said meters for 10 to 12 parking spaces on Rehoboth Avenue near the fire hall will be inactive so voters will have space to park and vote. Parking will also be available behind the fire hall and in the median area in front of the fire hall where police officers will be on hand to help with parking.

Polls will close at 6 p.m. with the results posted on shortly thereafter.