Faye Della White seeks Dover council seat

DOVER — Faye Della White has filed a nominating petition seeking election to a vacated Second District seat on Dover City Council.

Ms. White is joining fellow candidate Albert W. “Bill” Holmes Jr. in announcing their intentions to seek the Second District seat that was left vacant when former Councilman Brian E. Lewis was elected as Kent County Sheriff last November.

Ms. White is hoping to become the first woman to be elected to Dover City Council since Beverly Williams, who was elected as a First District representative in 2002, served as council president from 2004-’08, mayor July 2007, council president 2009-’10 and returned to her role as a First District councilperson until 2105.

This year’s city of Dover Municipal Election is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, April 16.

So far, Mayor Robin R. Christiansen has announced his intentions of seeking re-election, as has incumbent Matthew J. Lindell in seeking re-election to his First District seat on Dover City Council and incumbent Scott W. Cole for his Third District seat.

City residents who plan to run for election to the mayor’s office must submit their completed election petitions no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.

Candidates who hope to run for city council have until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, to file their nominating petitions.

Municipal elections are held in odd-numbered years on the third Tuesday in April, with half the members of the city council’s four districts up for a vote each time.

The mayor and nine council members are elected to four-year staggered terms on a non-partisan basis. Elections for mayor are held during odd-numbered years while the seat of council representative-at-large, currently held by Timothy A. Slavin, is held in the years when the mayor’s office is not voted on.

Candidates elected to council and the mayor’s office will be sworn in during the Monday, May 13, meeting of city council at Dover’s City Hall.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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