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Final day of filing creates Ward 1 Council race

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

On the final day of candidate filing, one competitive race for the 2019 New Castle municipal election emerged on the east side of town.

Retired city worker Glenn F. Ryan, Jr., filed his candidacy for the Ward 1 City Council seat currently held by Mary Brewington, who announced earlier her intentions to seek re-election.

That will be the lone contest on the May 7 ballot. Those uncontested include:

• Greg York, seeking a third term as mayor;

• Brenda Grider, a newcomer seeking the clerk-treasurer position being vacated by incumbent Christy York at the end of 2019;

• Joe Lansinger, seeking re-election as city court judge;

• City Council members Jeff Hancock (Ward 2), Jerry Walden (Ward 3), Aaron Dicken (Ward 4), Mark Koger (Ward 5) along with Lynn Perdue and Rex Peckinpaugh (At-Large).

For Ryan, there was no burning issue that made him decide to run, just a desire to serve.

“I have thought about it the last couple of years,” he said. “I just retired from the city in 2017. I worked at the street department as a truck driver and spent 27 years with the city overall.”

During his time, Ryan worked under five different administrations – Bud Ayers, Sherman Boles, Jim Small, Tom Nipp and Greg York.

Brewington’s reaction to having an opponent was not one of surprise.

“This is the first time I’ve had an opponent,” she said. “It doesn’t surprise me. I’m kind of glad, actually, that the interest is there.”

Completing her first term, Brewington said she just wants to try and make a difference for the east side of town.

“I’ve done the best I could,” she said. “I’ve really worked hard on trying to get the old Firestone site cleaned up. I love my neighborhood. I’ve lived here my whole life and I just want to see it represented.”

For Mayor Greg York, when the clock struck 12 noon Friday, it signaled relief.

“This is the first time I haven’t had an opponent,” York said. “I’m glad I won’t have to worry about putting signs in yards this spring. It’s kind of a relief.”

York said he believed his administration has accomplished a lot in the past eight years, but there’s still more he wants to do.

“I’m anxious to see what we can get done in the next four years,” York said.

There still could be additional candidates added to the ballot, even though the filing deadline has passed. Political parties have until noon Sunday, June 30 to have either a caucus or a convention to fill vacancies for November’s general election.