Borgard challenges Wentzel for New Castle mayoral post
Former New Castle Councilman Larry Borgard will challenge Mayor Bill Wentzel for the mayoral post in the April 2 election.
The job of mayor, along with three of six council positions, are up for grabs in the town election.
Wentzel, 42, has been on council since 1996, was appointed as mayor last year. He works as a partner in Rocky Mountain Mortgage Funding in Glenwood Springs. He also served on the New Castle Planning and Zoning Commission.
Borgard, 61, works as a real estate broker and served on the council for four years.
There are also five candidates contending for three at-large town council positions.
“This is the first (election) with multiple candidates in eight years,” New Castle town clerk Lisa Cain said.
Incumbents Bob Gordon and Pam Bunn are running for re-election. Gordon is a general contractor and Bunn owns the New Castle Cafe. Bunn is the senior council member, and is now seeking her third term.
Greg Russi, Karen Wood and Rebecca Bondurant are also running for the open council seats.
Wood owns the beauty salon Accents From Head to Toe, and Bondurant works for her at the salon.
Russi is an attorney specializing in workers compensation and wrongful firing cases.
One of the council positions opened up when Brian Eastman resigned his post last December.
The mayor race is separate from the council race. For the council, the three highest vote-getters will win the council seats.
The election will use mail-in ballots only, Cain said, so there will be no polling places.
“I anticipate sending out ballots around the middle of next week,” she said.
For those interested in finding out more about the council hopefuls, a candidate forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Kathryn Senor Elementary School. The forum will also be broadcast and repeated on New Castle Cable Channel 10.
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