Three leaders emerge on election night

November 6, 2009

By Staff

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City Council candidates Rich Crispo, Bill Erxleben and John Dulcich led in the first unofficial election results released Nov. 3.In Position 5, Crispo ran against Karin Blakley. In Position 6, Erxleben ran against Kandy Schendel. In Position 7, Dulcich ran against incumbent Jean Garber.

As of Nov. 3, Crispo led Blakley 64 percent to 36 percent, Erxleben led Schendel 64 to 36 percent and Dulcich led Garber 52 percent to 47 percent in a close race.

Blakley, Schendel and Garber advertised together, and placed a priority on developing downtown Newcastle with mixed-use buildings. They said although the city faces financial challenges, they can move the city forward, prioritize and make do with less.

Crispo said he is opposed to developing Newcastle’s downtown with mixed-use, multistory buildings, as he said he found community members were not in favor of the idea.

Erxlben and Dulcich are opposed to the city’s floor-area ratio requirements that promote the use of multistory, mixed-use buildings, as they said they feel the decision to develop mixed-use, multistory buildings should be the developer’s, not the city’s.

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