New Castle picks newcomers |

New Castle picks newcomers

Both challengers in the New Castle Town Council race ” Dr. David Schroeder and Sharon Owens ” won seats in Tuesday’s election.

Just one of the town’s two incumbents was voted back into office ” Duane Guettler ” and he received fewer votes than either of the challengers.

Frank Melody, a U.S. Postal Service carrier who was seeking a second term in office, lost to Guettler by 32 votes.

In all, 450 of 1,046 mail-in ballots were returned, a 43 percent turnout, town clerk Lisa Cain noted in a news release.

New Castle’s ballot issue, which asked voters if a 2.5 percent lodging tax should be instituted, passed by a vote of 344-102.

Guettler said he was excited to have won his seat again.

“As an incumbent, if you’re doing a good job, I think people notice that,” he said. “It’s one of those things where I hope people notice how much work council has done over the last four years.”

He was disappointed, however, that Melody failed to win back his seat.

“That’s too bad,” he said. “I would have liked to see him in there. He was a good voice of what was going on.”

Guettler said his plan during the next four years is to keep on plugging away at the issues facing the town.

“I want to kind of carry on with what we’re doing,” he said. “We’ve been very stable, our budget has been good and the town has been run efficiently and we just want to carry on.”

Owens said she was excited to win a seat on the council.

“I’m eager to see more growth in the business and residential area. And I am anxious to see that we protect our open spaces and have the growth in a very careful, planned way,” Owens said.

“We also need to find ways to take care of our parking problem in the downtown area, and protect quaintness and beauty of this great little town,” she added.

Schroeder was not available for comment Tuesday night. He was on his way home from Fort Sill, Okla., where he went to greet his nephew who had just returned from Iraq.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

(Trustee winners in bold)

– Dr. David E. Schroeder 315

– Sharon L. Owens 294

– Duane Guettler 267

– Frank J. Melody 235

– 2.5 percent lodging tax question:

Yes: 344

No: 102

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