Milford’s municipal election April 28 will feature a contested race for mayor, while residents of the town’s First Ward also will fill a council seat.


Milford’s municipal election April 28 will feature a contested race for mayor, while residents of the town’s First Ward also will fill a council seat.

Incumbent mayor Joseph “Ronnie” Rodgers, who is seeking a second consecutive term, will face challenger and former city councilman James A. Oeschler Jr.

Rodgers previously served as city councilman from 1972 to 1982 and mayor from 1982 to 2008, when he lost his seat to Daniel Marabello in a race decided by seven votes. He was re-elected mayor in 2010.

Oeschler, meanwhile, was appointed to the Second Ward council seat left vacant by Clifford Crouch in October 2008. He lost that seat the following April to Councilman Jason W. Adkins in a race decided by 12 votes.

Voters in Milford’s First Ward, generally defined as the southeastern portion of town, also will decide between incumbent Garrett L. Grier III of Matlinds Estates and challenger Michael D. Spillane of Hearthstone Manor.

Grier won his first term in 2010 by defeating Spillane, who also lost a 2011 First Ward race against Councilman Steven J. Johnson.

Two city council seats represent each of Milford’s four wards with one of the two seats in each ward up for election every year.

The seats held by S. Allen “Skip” Pikus in the Second Ward, Owen Brooks Jr. in the Third Ward and Katrina E.J. Wilson in the Fourth Ward also were up for election this year. However, no challengers filed to run for those seats before the Feb. 28 deadline, which means each incumbent will be returned to office automatically.

Only voters listed on Milford’s voter registration logs are eligible to cast ballots in the election. Registrations can be filed at Milford City Hall, 201 S. Walnut St., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A special voter registration also will be held at City Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday.

To register, applicants must present verification of identity and residence or proof they own property in town and/or the relevant ward. Milford allows non-resident property owners to cast ballots in municipal elections. The deadline to register is 4 p.m., Thursday, March 29.

To request an absentee ballot, registered voters should call the City Clerk’s Office at 424-3712. Absentee ballots must be filed no later than noon on April 27.

Voting in person will run from noon to 8 p.m. on April 28.

Email Scott Goss at scott.goss@doverpost.com