Fenwick Mayoral Seat Up For Grabs

FENWICK ISLAND – Six candidates are running for four seats on the Fenwick Town Council as the election nears in the beginning of August.

There are four council seats up for election this year — Mayor Audrey Serio, Vice Mayor Gene Langan, Councilman Roy Williams and interim Councilman Richard Mais, who is serving out the remainder of former Councilman Todd Smallwood’s term as he resigned last month.

The 2015 Municipal Election will take place Aug. 1 at Town Hall from 1-5 p.m. Candidates had until June 17 at 4:30 p.m. to file for election that was followed by a special council meeting at Town Hall to accept the nominees.

Two weeks ago, the Board of Elections declared six candidates running in this year’s election to fill the four vacancies. The candidates are Lisa Marie Benn, Anne Louise Christ, Julie Lee and incumbents Gene Langan, Roy Williams and Mais.

Serio has chosen not to return to the Town Council after serving for 14 years, 10 of which as mayor.

“It is time to retire and let someone else do the job,” Serio said this week. “I have grandkids living in different areas, and it is just time to retire and enjoy.”

A municipal election is held each year as the seven-member council serves a term of two years. The 2013 Municipal Election had five candidates filing — Vicki Carmean, Langan, Serio, Smallwood and Williams. However, Carmean withdrew her application leaving the four candidates to automatically fill the positions.

Next year the seats held by Treasurer Gardner Bunting, Councilman Bill Weistling and Councilwoman Diane Tingle will be up for election.