New Castle prepares for April election |

New Castle prepares for April election

NEW CASTLE ” Those interested in seeking a seat on the New Castle Town Council can take out nomination petitions beginning Monday, Feb. 13, and must turn them in by the end of business on Friday, March 3.

Three council seats and the mayor’s position are all up in the April 4 municipal election. Mayor Bill Wentzel has announced he will not be seeking re-election.

Candidates for the town council must be at least 18 years of age, a minimum one-year resident of the town of New Castle and a registered voter.

Petitions are now available at town hall and must have at least 15 signatures from registered voters who live within town limits.

The town council meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, along with special meetings as needed. Compensation is $50 per meeting for council members and $100 per meeting for the mayor.

April’s election will be a mail-in ballot election, so there will be no polling places. Those not registered to vote must do so by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 6. Voter registration may be done at the Garfield County Clerk’s Office at the courthouse in Glenwood Springs, the courthouse annex in Rifle or at New Castle Town Hall.

A “Meet the Candidates Night,” sponsored by the town of New Castle and the New Castle Area Chamber of Commerce, is slated for early March.

“I’m hoping to have the ballots mailed out by March 10, so the candidate’s night will be before then,” said Town Clerk Lisa Cain.

All ballots must be turned in by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, by mail or in person to New Castle Town Hall.

Absentee ballots are now available at town hall or online at Applications will be accepted until the close of business on Friday, March 31. Those wishing to receive absentee ballots by mail, must file the application with town hall by Friday, March 24.

Election judges are also being sought. Judges will begin counting the mail-in ballots on Monday, April 3, and will count the remaining ballots on Tuesday, election day, on April 4. Training for election judges will be held in late February.

For more information about taking out a nomination petition, registering to vote or to be an election judge, please call New Castle Town Hall at 984-2311.

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