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9 candidates file for Middletown election

Ben Mace
Middletown Transcript

One challenger is running against incumbent Mayor Ken Branner, and seven candidates have filed for Town Council in Middletown's March 1 election.

The deadline for candidates to file was Feb. 5 at 4:30 p.m., said Kristen Krenzer, the town's public relations and FOIA coordinator.

For mayor, incumbent Kenneth L. Branner Jr. is being challenged by Joseph D. Pontak Sr. for a two-year term.

For three seats on the Town Council, the candidates are incumbents Aaron T. Blythe, Andrew Chas and James Royston, and the challengers are Ernest F. Hargett Jr., Robert Muniz, Malika Spruill and Tynesia Stewart. The terms are for two years.

Elections are nonpartisan and are at-large. There are no council districts.

Polls will be open Monday, March 1 at the Town Hall, 19 W. Green St., from noon to 8 p.m.

Voters must offer proof of residency with a form of identification such as a driver’s license or Delaware identification card; a uniformed service ID card; another current photo identification ID card issued by the state, the U.S. government, the voter’s employer, high school or college; a current utility bill; bank statement; credit card statement; a paycheck or another type of bill or statement.

Absentee and mail-in ballot requests are available at the Town Hall or online at www.middletown.delaware.gov, under “Election Information.” Absentee ballot requests must be filed by Friday, Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m. To be counted, absentee ballots must be received by the town by the close of the polls on March 1.

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