The Middletown election will be contested this year because five people have filed for three seats on town council up for election.

Incumbents Robert McGhee, James Reynolds, and Robert Stout have filed for reelection. They are being contested by newcomers Richard “Jim” Carns and James Meyers.

As of Tuesday morning, those five people are the only candidates who filed so far. Residents have until 4:30 p.m. on Friday to file an application.

To be eligible to run, the candidate must be at least 21 years old, never convicted of a felony, and a resident in town limits for one year.

Applications for candidacy can be picked up at Middletown Town Hall, 19 W. Green St., Middletown, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or they can be found online at under “Election Information.”

Three council seats, each lasting two years, are up for election this year. The election is from noon until 8 p.m. on March 5 in council chambers at Town Hall.

On Monday, Mayor Kenneth L. Branner Jr. named town employees to volunteer to help with the election.

Kristen Krenzer will be the inspector

The judges will be Kelly Fletcher, Katie Morris, Kate Keller, Kiley Edwards, Amy Murray, Krystal Jackson, Amanda DiGati, Noel Stokes and Raymond Hudson.

Election Board appointments will continue to be Sonya Comstock, Lorraine Reeves and Robert Stewart.

For people who can’t make it to the polls, absentee ballots for voting will be available. Absentee ballot affidavits can be picked up at Town Hall during office hours or on the town’s website.

Absentee ballots will be mailed out starting Feb. 12. They must be returned by the close of the election day to be counted.