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Team New Castle Kicks Off Listening Tour

Team New Castle , a Republican ticket featuring B ob Kirkwood for Town Supervisor, Rich Diefenbach for Town Board and Kevin Moore for Town Justice, kicked off its “Listening Tour” on Thursday night by meeting with residents at Lange’s Little Store .

There was no press conference or grand statement from the trio, who instead spent the better part of two hours talking individually with potential voters.

“They feel we care enough to work hard to get elected,” said Diefenbach. “There’s no ego involved, no big, giant salary or any accolades. We just want to contribute positively to the town.”

An often repeated word by the ticket on Thursday was “revitalization,” which is what Kirkwood, Diefenbach and Moore said they aim to do with downtown Chappaqua by bringing in more small business owners.

Dozens of New Castle residents filled the store to show their support and share their concerns with the candidates.

“I’d like to see a little bit of mix in the party. The Democrats have run the town for a while,” said supporter John Rich. “I’m not saying they did a bad job, just would like to see a different party once in a while.”

While it may be an important issue to some voters, Diefenbach does not believe it ultimately matters which party he represents.

“It’s not about parties in this race,” said Diefenbach. “It’s about who can get in there and get it done.”

Along with walking door-to-door and visiting voters, Team New Castle will continue their Listening Tour next week on October 20 at 6 p.m. at the Tazza Café .

“You have to have discussion, you have to have conversation,” said Kirkwood.

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