Robert Bechtle places his ballot in the new ballot machines at the New Carlisle election poll in the Tecumseh High School gym Tuesday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

New Carlisle gets 2 new members, vice mayor defeated in election

The City of New Carlisle will have two new council members following Tuesday’s election.

New Carlisle residents were asked to pick four candidates for city council between five people on Tuesday. Dale Grimm and Linda Nowakowski received roughly 19% of the vote each, scoring them a seat on city council.

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Meanwhile, current New Carlisle Vice-Mayor William Lindsey secured about 16% and failed to win reelection.

The top vote-getter Tuesday night was Amy Hopkins who edged out Mayor Mike Lowrey. Both won seats back onto the council.

“I always think I’m going to come in last so I was surprised when I came in first,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins was appointed onto the board last summer and had to run again in November to keep her seat. She now has the seat for four years.

“It’s wonderful to have the support of the people in New Carlisle and I hope they see that I am going to make a difference,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone who was elected.”

Hopkins said she hopes to engage the community during her term.

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Lowrey was elected for a third time to the council. He said he can’t’ wait to get started working with others to continue New Carlisle’s progress.

“I am very excited and happy with the support that the voters have given me,” he said. “I do what I can to do my share because everything that happens in town — festival, city budgets; its never done by a single individual. I get to be a part of the team and make the city better.”

Lowrey said he called the new members of the council Tuesday night to congratulate them on their appointment. He said he looks forward to working with them for the duration of the term.

New Carlisle has had issues keeping councilmembers. Over the last year the city had to host a special election and has lost four members.

Lowrey also said the he was happy there are more women on council.

“Everyone is different with different opinions and when you combine people’s perspectives you get new creative ideas,” Lowrey said. “It’s always nice to have different opinions. We’re all here for the same purpose.”

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