Races develop in New Castle’s April 4 municipal election
NEW CASTLE – Two longtime residents are running for the position of mayor of New Castle, and four candidates are seeking three open Town Council seats in the April 4 municipal election.Residents will have the chance to meet the candidates and ask questions from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday at the New Castle Community Center.Current council member Pam Bunn and former mayor Frank Breslin are vying for the mayor’s seat on the New Castle Town Council. The seat is being vacated by current mayor Bill Wentzel, who is not seeking re-election after serving nearly 10 years on council – the last five as mayor.Bunn served on Town Council from 1994 to 2002 and was appointed to serve from 2005 to 2006. If not elected as mayor, she will retain her seat on the council for the remainder of her term to 2008.Breslin served as mayor of New Castle from 1988 to 1993. He has also been the chairman of the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission since 1996.The four candidates seeking to fill the three open seats on Town Council include Greg Russi, who is seeking re-election to his second term on the board, along with candidates Art Riddile, Bruce Leland and Charlie Ringer.Town citizens are invited to attend the “Meet the Candidates” night to ask questions of the candidates, along with their views on the ballot question regarding development of a 10-acre parcel of property east of Kathryn Senor Elementary School in the Castle Valley Ranch subdivision known as “North Park.””It’s raw land right now,” said Town Clerk Lisa Cain. “It would be developed into a multi-purpose park and athletic field with trails.”The park, which is estimated to cost about $800,000, is not large enough to qualify for a state Great Outdoors Colorado grant, but is too costly for the town to fund without borrowing money.The “Meet the Candidates” night will be monitored by former longtime mayor and town administrator, Steve Rippy.
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