Candidates for the April 5, 2016 Election


The New Castle Town Clerk’s Office has received five nomination petitions from citizens interested in being elected to a seat on the Town Council. There are three council seats up for election on the April 5, 2016 ballot.

Town Clerk Melody Harrison, CMC, and Deputy Town Clerk Mindy Andis drew names for the ballot order.



Your Council Seat Candidates are:

Grady Hazelton

Mr. Hazelton has lived in the New Castle area since 1969. He and his wife, Suzanne, and their children Sophie and Brian, have made New Castle their home for the past three years.

Mr. Hazelton is a restaurant owner. If elected, this will be his first experience in government.






 Merle Means (incumbent)

Mr. Means and his wife Leslie have lived in New Castle for 16 years. He has served on Town Council from 2008 to 2010 and again 2012 to the present. Mr. Means has served on various Town commissions such as Climate Action Advisory, Planning and Zoning, Parks, Open Space Trails & Recreation, and the Historic Preservation Commission. He is currently an alternate for Garfield County Senior Programs Board. He is a Vietnam Veteran, has a dual degree from University of Washington, Seattle, and has had a wide variety of life experience. He has gone from Police to Pulpit to Property Management, as well as a few self-employment businesses along the way.

Mr. Means is currently the Property Manager for Manor’s I & II Senior Apartments in Glenwood Springs




 Mary Metzger (incumbent)

Mrs. Metzger and her husband Larry have lived in New Castle for 10 years. She has served on the Town Council since 2010 and on the Garfield County Senior Programs Board since 2012. Mrs. Metzger has been involved in many other organizations including the Castle Valley Ranch HOA, the River Center and the Downtown Group.

Mrs. Metzger owns her own interior design and nutritional business.

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 Patrick Stuckey (incumbent)

Mr. Stuckey and his wife Ann have lived in New Castle for 10 years. He has served on the Town Council since 2010. Mr. Stuckey has served on various other town boards such as Climate Action Advisory Commission, Historic Preservation and Planning & Zoning. He currently sits on the Design Review Committee for Lakota Canyon Ranch as well as the RFTA Board. He is an alternate member for Garfield Clean Energy.

Mr. Stuckey is self-employed as a registered architect.

 Graham Riddile

Mr. Riddile grew up in New Castle. He and his wife Alisha returned here after college.

Mr. Riddile has served four years on the Planning & Zoning Commission, and is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the River Center. He hopes to help develop New Castle into a recreational hub that is affordable while maintaining it’s strong family environment.

Mr. Riddile is a Project Engineer with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Ballots for the upcoming election will be mailed to registered voters between March 14, and March 21, 2016.

For information about voter registration, you can go online to Go Vote Colorado, or you can contact us below.

Election Official/Town Clerk
Melody L Harrison, CMC

970-984-2311 ext. 101