New Castle’s voters faced with open seats and ballot questions
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
NEW CASTLE, Colorado – When voters make their choices for the April 6 municipal election in New Castle, they will be deciding the races for three seats on the town council, as well as the mayor, and either the approval or rejection of two ballot questions.
Candidates have been circulating nominating petitions since Feb. 5 and those petitions must be turned in by Feb. 25 to qualify for the elections.
Other key dates are Feb. 19, the last day to file comments, “pro” or “con,” regarding the two ballot questions; March 8, the deadline for registering to vote in the election; and March 15-19, when ballots will be mailed out to voters.
The election is by mail-in ballot only, and completed ballots must be returned by mail or in person to the town clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on election day in order to be counted.
For voters who will be out of town during that part of March, absentee ballots are available at the town’s clerk’s office. They must also be turned into the clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on election day.
The ballot questions ask voters to authorize the town to publish its official documents on the town website, rather than “in a local newspaper of general circulation,” as is done currently; and to authorize the town to impose a two percent use tax on motor vehicle registrations, and to use the revenues from that tax to pay for street repairs, maintenance and improvements.
As for the line-up of candidates to date, Mayor Frank Breslin said on Friday that he is running for his fourth term in office – as New Castle is a Home Rule town and has no term limits.
“We need to have some continuity,” Breslin said of his decision to seek re-election. He noted that when he was first appointed to the office in 1988, to fill out a vacated term, the town also was facing a fiscal crisis, so he feels he is qualified to steer New Castle through the current recession.
Also up for election are the council seats currently held by Bruce Leland, Art Riddile and Greg Russi. Both Leland and Russi said they will be seeking re-election. Riddile could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Town Clerk Lisa Cain said Friday she had not yet received petitions from any of the candidates.
According to the town’s official web site, a “Meet the Candidates Night” is tentatively scheduled for early March.
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