The filing deadline for the Town of Smyrna Monday, April 29 election is still a few weeks away, but two current Smyrna Town Council members have already filed for two of the three open seats.
At-Large Councilman Anthony DeFeo has filed for the open mayor seat, currently held by Pat Stombaugh. Stombaugh has previously said that she will not run for another term.
Councilwoman Regina Brown has filed for re-election in District 1.
No one has filed for the at-large seat, currently held by DeFeo.
The filing deadline for this year's election is Monday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m.
There are three seats open on Smyrna Town Council: Mayor, At-large-, and District 1.
The mayor's seat is a two-year term from April 2013 to April 2015. Both the District 1 and At-Large seats are three-year terms from April 2013 to April 2016.
Eligibility requirements for mayor and council are as follows:
*21 years of age or older
*Resident of the Town of Smyrna for at least one year prior to election
*Qualified to vote at town election, which additionally requires a candidate to: be a U.S. citizen, never have been adjudged a mentally incompetent person by a court of competent jurisdiction, never have been disenfranchised pursuant to the Delaware constitution.
*Candidates for a representative district council seat must have resided in the district for at least one year.
Procedures for filing to run for office are as follows:
*Complete the following forms (available at Town Hall or online): Candidate filing form (indicate the Term of Office Requested) and Certificate of Intention of School Boards and Offices Paying Under $1,000.
Mail completed forms to: Town of Smyrna, P.O. Box 307, Smyrna, DE 19977.
Absentee ballots information:
Individuals qualified to vote in elections who are unable to appear in person to cast a ballot because of being in the public or military service of the United States, being unavoidably absent from the town on the day of the election, due to sickness or physical disability, or as otherwise permitted may file with the town a written affidavit requesting an absentee ballot no later than 12 noon on the day before the election. Affidavit forms are available at Town Hall or on the town website. Town Hall is located at 27 S. Market St. Plaza.
For further information or forms, go to www.smyrna.delaware.gov/ or call 653-9231.