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Four vying for three seats in New Castle

New Castle voters have a lot of choosing to do on election day. Four candidates are running for three open Town Council seats and there is a tax question. The top three vote-getters win seats on council. Voters are also being asked to decide whether to approve a 2.5 percent lodging tax.Duane GuettlerAge: 52Occupation: Elk Mountain Audi service advisorPrevious elected offices: New Castle Town CouncilVolunteer work: Official for kids sports. Years in the community: 10 Family: married to Anne for 16 years, three kids: Kristin, 15, Mikaela, 13, and Tyler, 10. Why are you running for this seat?Ive seen a lot of good things come out of the last four years while Ive been on council and it took a lot of time to learn it. So I feel like I have a jump on the others.I think Id be the best one for the job.What are the biggest issues facing your community?Business development is probably the biggest. Were a bedroom community and it would be wonderful to move out of that status.Guettler said council is trying to bring new businesses into New Castle so residents could not only live there, but also work there.What do you hope to accomplish in this position?Id like to work with the chamber to try and lure some businesses here.Weve added a couple of soccer fields and small parks, but weve got a big plan that I think is very important to us.Frank J. MelodyAge: 54Occupation: Rural route carrier for the U.S. Postal ServicePrevious elected offices: New Castle Town Council, one termYears in the community: 7Family: Wife Leslie, son Sean, 17, daughter Kaitlyn, 16, son Ryan, 15.Why are you running for this seat?Its a learning process and I wasnt going to run this year. It takes a good year-and-a-half to get comfortable.By the time we got to Lakota, I could ask intelligent questions.We have a really cohesive town council here. Nobody bends over for anybody Its nice to be part of it.What are the biggest issues in New Castle?Downtown revitalization, parking and the bridge into town.These little mom and pop-type people put in a shop and think theyre going to hit the paydirt, but theres no one downtown.The town is trying to work with the downtown core to see if we can find some land to buy for parking downtown.The biggest thing we want to do is widen the bridge.What do you hope to accomplish in this position?To make the town a better town and try to get projects completed. Id like to see some money spent downtown.Also, theres still a ways to go before the Lakota Ranch housing project and golf course are completed.Dr. David E. SchroederAge: 55Occupation: Retired physician (urologist)Previous elected offices: noneVolunteer projects: Tutor for Literacy Outreach, Chairman of the New Castle Historical Preservation Commission, volunteered with the Colorado Division of Wildlife collecting specimens for a chronic wasting disease survey. Years in the community: 2Family: Wife of two years, Virginia; each have two grown-up kids. Why are you running for this seat?They needed somebody to run, so several people asked me to run. Since I have absolutely no business interests, I thought I could represent the homeowners. What are the biggest issues facing New Castle?Growth and affordable housing. What do you hope to accomplish in this position?The big thing is, Im new enough to New Castle to not know a lot, so I hope to get a lot of input from the people. There seems to be a conflict of old town vs. Castle Valley Ranch. Sharon L. OwensAge: did not discloseOccupation: administrator at Patillo & Associates, Glenwood SpringsPrevious elected offices: noneVolunteer work: Lions Club vision director, highway clean up, building bus shelter, Miss Burning Mountain pageant judge, Salvation Army bell ringer, serves dinner to seniors weekly and at community Thanksgiving dinner, sold T-shirts to raise money for the Coal Seam Fire, raised money for Kira Arnold fundraiserYears in the community: 3Family: Her husband died three years ago.Why are you running for this seat?Ive gone to a lot of the meetings because I wanted to be involved in the community. When I get involved, I get fully involved.I want to protect whats special.What are the biggest issues facing New Castle?Parking, the downtown. We need more growth on the ends of town and we need to preserve the historic parts of downtown.We need to find ways to bring visitors to town.What do you hope to accomplish in this position?I hope to do what I can to promote growth and make it smart growth. And I want to protect our open areas. Open space is critical.Do I have all the answers? No. But Im going to do enough digging to find them.I think I bring to the table a lot of experience bringing in data and I dont think youll find someone more excited about it.2.5 percent lodging taxAlong with the three town council positions, New Castle residents will also be asked to vote on a proposed 2.5 percent lodging tax in New Castle. The tax would be collected from those who stay in local hotels.The money would be used for the towns economic development and community enhancement.Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com


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