Four candidates including an incumbent are in the race for two open seats in this year’s election for Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors.
The Ocean Pines Association announced the ballot order for the election in a release after a candidate draw:
- Frank Daly
- Stuart Lakernick
- David C. Hardy
- Richard Farr
Lisa Romersa, who had declared her candidacy early, withdrew from the race, according to the OPA.
Frank Daly, who was elected in 2018, is seeking a second term while Frank Brown, who was appointed to the board in October 2020, is not seeking re-election.
Elections Committee Chairman Steve Habeger also announced important dates for this year’s election.
Habeger said the first candidate forum is scheduled for Wednesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. in the Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center, at 235 Ocean Parkway.
“The forum will be taped and will be available for replay soon after the forum is finished,” he said. “Questions for the candidates can be submitted to email@example.com.”
He said ballots would be mailed the week of July 12 and must be received by close of business Aug. 11.
Other important dates:
Second Candidate Forum (if needed) — Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center
- Cutoff date for voter eligibility – Thursday, July 8
- Ballots Counted and Vote Totals Announced – Friday, Aug. 13 starting at 10 a.m. Venue TBD
- Annual meeting – Saturday, Aug. 14. Time and venue TBD
“Your vote counts and we want to make sure your vote counts. Please make sure your ballot is received by the deadline,” Habeger said.
To illustrate the importance of returning the ballot on time, Habeger held up 100 ballots from the recent referendum vote that were received late, and not counted.
“Because they’re after the deadline, they’re not valid — we don’t even open the envelopes,” he said. “We do not want to see an election decided by, say, 10 or 12 votes and have 100 unopened ballots.”
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