Filing for federal, state, county and municipal offices closed on Friday, June 1. Interested candidates had two weeks to file for open positions on the primary ballot in May. Candidate filings for both county and municipal offices continued to flow in through the closing of business Friday, with competition apparent for several local offices.
According to Newcastle Clerk/Treasurer Greg James, seven people put their name in the running for three City Council seats, all at-large. Incumbents Steve Ladwig, Don Steveson and Tom Voss all filed to fill the seats they are currently occupying on the council. Daren Downs, Karl Lacy, Pam Gualtieri and Ann McColley added their names and are challenging the incumbents.
“We have three seats open in this election. During the primary election, there can be an unlimited number of people file and run and be on the primary ballot,” James said. “Only a total of six may move on to the general election ballot. That is two people for each available seat.”