Special Election Will Fill Ward II Vacancy

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2By Patrick Helmick

On Monday, July 13, Milford City Council honored and commemorated former City Councilman S. Allen “Skip” Pikus following his death on Monday, July 6. This was the first council meeting since the Councilman’s death. During Monday’s Council meeting, a tribute was read on public record mourning the death of S. Allen “Skip” Pikus. In addition, Mayor Bryan Shupe wrote a letter, that thanked council members who have been working diligently since the loss of a member. Mayor Shupe also wrote to thank the Milford Police Department who made the funeral procession seamless and to thank all those who honored Skip at his funeral and those that had stopped by Lou’s Bootery in downtown Milford for a moment of silence.

As the Council meeting progressed on Monday, the agenda led to discuss the vacant seat that Councilman Pikus left behind in Ward II. According to the City of Milford Charter, since the duration of the term is longer then six months there will not be an appointment for the seat but rather a special election that must be implemented in the first 20-30 days following the vacancy.

According to City Solicitor David Rutt, “Milford has the fastest turn around time in filling council vacancies due to a death, in the entire state.” City Council approved the vacancy for Ward II as of July 13 and set the special election date for Tuesday, September 1. Since this is a special election for Ward II, only residents who live within Ward II can petition to run and vote for this council seat.

Candidate Packets and Nominating Petitions can be obtained Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the City Clerk’s Office at Milford City Hall, 201 South Walnut Street, Milford, Delaware. The City of Milford ask that individuals wishing to run for office please call in advance to schedule an appointment. According to election officials, persons filing for the office of Milford City Council must be a citizen of the United States of America, resident of the City of Milford and continuously resided in the Ward for which he/she is seeking election for one year preceding the day of the election, a qualified voter in the City of Milford, at least 18 years of age as of the date of the election. Each candidate must have a criminal background check provided from the State Bureau of Identification and Federal Bureau of Investigation showing entire criminal history record and no felony convictions or crimes involving moral turpitude. The deadline to file for the Office of City Council is Monday, August 3, 2015 at 4:30 pm. Petitions, along with the Statement of Eligibility Requirements and Acknowledgment of Candidacy & Receipt of Documents, must be filed in the City Clerk’s Office for confirmation in accordance with the filing deadline date.

Residents of the City of Milford are encouraged to be a part of the election process and reminded that having registered through the State of Delaware, Kent County or Sussex County Department of Elections does not qualify individuals to vote in a City of Milford Election. To be eligible, individuals must have registered at Milford City Hall. The City of Milford maintains their own voter registration list and all persons not on the City of Milford Voter Registration List are required to register in person at Milford City Hall, 201 South Walnut Street. The City Office is open for the purpose of registering persons who are qualified to be voters in the City of Milford Election during normal working hours, Monday through Friday, except holidays.  Those voting by absentee ballot should call the City Clerk’s Office to be put on a list to obtain an affidavit for absentee balloting. Milford residents are encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s Office at 302-424-3712 to verify their voting status and for any other information.