By Steve Plunkett
Alderwoman Kathy Gross was reelected without opposition Nov. 28 when qualifying for the March election ended, and Briny Breezes residents will have a choice to make in the mayor’s race.
Ted Gross, the alderwoman’s husband, and Keith Black, who sits on the Planning & Zoning Board, filed papers to run for mayor.
Both also submitted letters of interest in being appointed to the position, which Mayor Gene Adams is leaving effective Dec. 15.
No one filed to run for the seat being vacated by the Town Council’s president, Christina Adams, who like her husband is resigning effective Dec. 15. But Jeffrey Duncan, a son of onetime council President Matt Duncan, sent a letter of interest in being appointed.
Duncan’s parents moved to Briny in the mid-1980s, and his father spent 16 years on the Town Council, from 1991 to 2007, the last eight as its president.
Kathy Gross was first elected to the council in 2018.
The council will meet on Dec. 7, the first Thursday of the month, instead of its customary fourth Thursday, which conflicted with both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Council members have asked Town Attorney Keith Davis to prepare a resolution for the December meeting asking the county supervisor of elections to hold a second qualifying period the first two weeks of January, in case there were not enough candidates because of the state’s new requirement that municipal office holders disclose their personal finances in detail.
Alderwoman Liz Loper declared at the October meeting that she is staying on the dais. Davis encouraged the other council members to decide as soon as possible if they will stay or quit.