Dear Southern Shores Friends and Neighbors:

I deeply regret that I had to cancel my Sept. 19 meet-and-greet and am hopeful that I will be able to reschedule in mid-October. In the meantime, I will be working on campaign mailings and (limited, because of COVID-19) door-to-door canvassing.

My campaign team and I are currently stuffing envelopes for a limited-distribution mailing of a campaign flyer that a random selection of voters town-wide will receive. We will follow this up in October with a town-wide mailing to all voters.

Why a limited mailing? We have extra flyers on hand because of the meet-and-greet and would like to circulate them.

My campaign team is continuing to distribute yard signs to residents who request them. If you would like a sign for your yard, please email me at vote4annsj@gmail.com. All signs must be placed on your private property, clear of the public right of way.

The following is an election schedule with key dates and deadlines:

OCT. 3: The Dare County Board of Elections (DCBOE) will start mailing absentee ballots on Oct. 3 to voters who requested them.

It is possible to request an absentee ballot from the DCBOE up until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The DCBOE must receive your completed and signed absentee ballot request form by that time.

To download a request for an absentee ballot and instructions, see North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form

OCT. 8: You may register to vote in the Nov. 2 election up until 5 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 8. It is possible to register online. (See link below.)  

OCT. 13: The League of Women Voters of Dare County’s Southern Shores Town Council Candidate Forum will be held on Wed., Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Two Town Council seats are up for election: the one for which I am running and the Mayor’s seat.

Because of COVID-19, the LWV’s forum will be virtual for both the candidates and their audience and accessible via Zoom. You may register for it, and also submit a question to ask the candidates, at Webinar Registration – Zoom.

You also may submit a question for candidates by email to DareLWV@gmail.com. The League asks that you include your name and town of residence with your email.

The forum videotape will be available for viewing on You Tube after Oct. 13.

OCT. 14: Early voting for the election begins Oct. 14 and runs through Oct. 30. It will be conducted at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall and the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Sat., Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be no early voting on the weekends of Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24.

ELECTION DAY, TUESDAY, NOV. 2: The Southern Shores polling place for voting on Nov. 2 will be the Kitty Hawk Elementary School gymnasium, not the Kern Pitts Center, where you customarily vote. The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For links to all election information, see: Early Voting | Election Information | Dare County, NC (darenc.com)

I welcome your support for my candidacy and hope you vote4ann—by absentee or early ballot or on Nov. 2 at the elementary school. Thank you very much.

Have a beautiful fall weekend. 

All the best, Ann


Hello, everyone:

Because of changed family circumstances, I am having to cancel the meet-and-greet this Sunday at the old Sjoerdsma beach box at 174 Ocean Blvd. I will miss seeing everyone, but I know I’m making the right decision. I need to focus on my family this weekend.

I thank everyone for their support and look forward to talking with you soon. If you know of anyone who was planning to attend the meet-and-greet, please notify them for me of the cancellation. People may not check this blog or Facebook page for news.

Have a great weekend.

Warm wishes to all, Ann

(About the photo above: Decades ago, my father bought a totem pole in Tahiti and had it sent to Southern Shores for installation in front of our cottage. It wasn’t long before woodpeckers discovered it. Dad put rubber snakes on the pole to deter the woodpeckers, but they weren’t fooled. The totem pole succumbed to their persistent pecking.)


Ann will be hosting a Covid-19-safe meet-and-greet on Sunday, Sept. 19, from noon to 2 p.m., in the driveway of her family’s oceanfront cottage at 174 Ocean Blvd.

Please come meet the candidate for what promises to be an intellectually stimulating and environmentally refreshing two hours on the Southern Shores coast.

The 1970s-era cottage, which still rents, was the first oceanfront home built on pilings in Southern Shores. (See vintage family photo, above.) It is flanked by historic flat tops.

We plan to serve mini-bottles of beverages and individually bagged snacks, in order to minimize hand-to-hand contact. We also will have written materials about Ann’s candidacy and political yard signs available for guests to pick up.

In the event of rain, we will try to reschedule the event later in the week.

Parking will be at a premium, so if you can bike or walk, please do.

If you have any questions about the meet-and-greet, please call campaign co-manager Ursula Bateman at 261-1617 or email the committee at vote4annsj@gmail.com. 

Let’s enjoy the seaside beauty of Southern Shores together and talk about the town’s future.

Thank you. We hope to see you on the 19th!



Ann’s campaign yard signs have arrived! We will be distributing them throughout town, as requested, on Thursday and Friday. All signs must be on private property, far removed from the public right-of-way, to conform with the Town Code.

We thank everyone who asked for a yard sign to show their support for Ann’s candidacy. If you would like to request one or more to display on your property, please email Ann at vote4annsj@gmail.com or call Ursula Bateman at 261-1617.

Please check back with us soon for more news about Ann’s campaign.

Thank you!

8/31/21: Welcome!

Welcome to Ann Sjoerdsma’s website for her campaign for Southern Shores Town Council.

The election is Nov. 2, and early voting starts Oct. 14. In addition to a new Town Council member, Southern Shores voters will be electing a new mayor.

Our home page will feature a blog that connects to our Facebook page, which is located at http://www.facebook.com/annsjoerdsmaforcouncil. We will start posting news items after Labor Day.

Because of the local surge in COVID-19 cases of the Delta variant, Ann’s campaign will be largely run electronically. Ann and members of her campaign team will not be going door-to-door to meet people and talk town issues and concerns. This vital give-and-take will be managed instead through email and online exchanges.

We are still considering a COVID-cautious outdoors meet-and-greet for Ann on the oceanfront and will let you know the date, time, location, and other details ASAP.

We already know that the Southern Shores Candidate Forum hosted by the Dare County League of Women Voters will be virtual, although we do not know yet what form it will take. Please mark your calendars for Wed., Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. We will give you details about how you may tune into the forum when the League advises us. After the event, a videotape will be available for viewing on You Tube.

We will keep you updated here and on the Facebook page about Ann’s campaign and the election schedule. Please check back with us.

Thank you!