New Carlisle voters will vote to decide on 4 council seats

Candidates for four New Carlisle council seats are from top left: Mike Lowery, Amy Hopkins, William Lindsey,; from bottom left: Dale Grimm and Linda Nowakoswki.
Candidates for four New Carlisle council seats are from top left: Mike Lowery, Amy Hopkins, William Lindsey,; from bottom left: Dale Grimm and Linda Nowakoswki.

New Carlisle voters have the choice between five candidates to fill four spots on their city’s council.

Current Mayor Mike Lowery, Vice Mayor William Lindsey and Councilmember Amy Hopkins are competing to keep their positions while newcomers Dale Grimm and Linda Eggleston Nowakowski are seeking their first term on city council.

New Carlisle Councilman Chris Shamy is ineligible to run this November after it was determined he failed to sign a required part of his petition, Clark County Board of Elections Director Jason Baker said.

Early voting is now open and election day is Nov. 5.

Grimm, who worked as the publisher of the New Carlisle News, said he has attended council meetings for 10 years and wants to help the city go in a new direction.

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“I have been shocked by some of the actions our council has made and at the behavior of many of our council members,” Grimm said in the Springfield News-Sun voter guide. “Our City Council does not appear to have any direction. I believe I have the ability to help move our city forward. I have no loftier political ambitions, and no agenda, other than what is best for the city and its residents.”

He said demolishing Madison Street School and enticing new business to the area will be among his top priorities if chosen.

Hopkins said she has lived in New Carlisle for 40 years and hopes to remain on the council.

“By being on the city council I have learned that the city has made a lot of progress and I would like to see it continue,” Hopkins said. “I think the city is headed in the right direction with the roads getting fixed, we now have a balanced budget with a surplus and we have projects in the works that will save the city money. I want to continue this path.”

She said making sure roads are being fixed and the city is on budget will be her top priorities if elected.

Lindsey said he decided to run again because he cares for the city.

“We need to continue to pay cash as we go. I myself will advocate for fiscal responsibly and balanced budgets,” Lindsey said. “I’d like to see the council come together as one and put the pettiness aside. Do what’s right for the city of New Carlisle and the citizens.”

He said being a fiscally conservative with the budget and reducing red-tape regulation is a top priority for him.

Lowery said he is proud of the work he has accomplished since being on council and wants to see it continue.

“New Carlisle has made many improvements over the past few years and I want to continue to help keep that momentum going,” he said in the voter guide. “Though I feel New Carlisle is on the right track, we always have work to do and I feel that with the hard work, drive and dedication I have shown the City of New Carlisle I am the best candidate for the job.

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He said he understands that the duties as council members don’t conclude at the end of council meetings.

“I have proven that I give 110% to this community that I love. We as a city do not have time for political games, we do not serve on the council for our own personal gains but to serve the people and the community as a whole. New Carlisle needs responsible leadership and I feel I can continue to represent our city in a positive way.”

Finally, Nowakowski said she has attended council meetings for years and feels she can represent the city well.

“I have been trying to build community in a number of ways,” Nowakowski. In order to have a stellar city, you need a strong council made of people who understand their jobs and work together. But that is not enough. You need a community that is willing to contribute to the work that building a stellar community requires. We really haven’t had either of those in recent years. I have read our charter and most of the ordinances. Both have been neglected. So much of the council’s energy over the last few years has been wasted over bickering and posturing with little concern for the concerns of the community. By the same token, the community has neglected their responsibility to properly communicate with the council, i.e. not on Facebook.

“I want to work to change that and get us on the right track towards building a thriving community again,” she said. “Building a desirable city requires everyone’s participation.”