Rehoboth Beach: 3 File for 2 Commissioner Seats, 2 for Mayor



There are challengers for both mayor and the two commissioner seats up for grabs this summer in Rehoboth Beach. The deadline to file to run was 4:30 p.m. last Monday.

Mayor Samuel R. Cooper will face current-Commissioner Paul Kuhns for the mayoral seat. Comm. Kuhns will be the second opponent to challenge Mayor Cooper for a second time. The only other person to challenge Mayor Cooper twice was Thomas E. McGlone.

Mayor Cooper has served as mayor for nine three-year terms and he is now running for his 10th term. Mayor Cooper has thus far proven to be unbeatable! He has faced mayoral challengers six times and won every match by 12 to 30 percent. Of the six matches, Comm. Kuhns came the closest in 2008.

In 2014, Mayor Cooper beat McGlone by 30 percent.

In 2011, Mayor Cooper won by 16 percent of the vote over McGlone.

In 2008, Commissioner Paul Kuhns lost to Mayor Cooper by 12 percent.

In 2005, Bethesda lawyer Bob Sokolove lost to Mayor Cooper by 30 percent.

In 1996, Mayor Cooper won over Charles Bahan by 14 percent.

In 1990, Mayor Cooper beat Rev. Richard Hamilton by 20 percent.

The commissioner race…

The two commissioner seats now up for grabs are held by Comm. Kathy McGuiness and Comm. Lorraine Zellers. Comm. Zellers did not file to run again. So Comm. McGuiness will be running against Susan Gay and Lisa Schlosser for one of the two commissioner seats.

To be eligible to vote in the city election on August 12, 2017, you must register on or before July 13. For more details see the city’s website.

Photos courtesy of the candidates