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Names begin to fill 2012 election ballot

Local, county seats up for grabs.

All of the media hype about presidential Republican contenders may overshadow how the ballot is shaping up locally and regionally.

Nonetheless, a couple of candidates have indicated their desire to run for office since the first of the year.

County commissioner Dean Kugler of Gothenburg, who represents District 1, has filed as has District 4 representative P.J. Jacobsen of Cozad.

A seat now held by county commissioner Butch Hagan of Lexington, who represents District 5, is also open.

Kugler, Jacobson and Hagan are Republicans.

Election to county offices are partisan while local races, such as city council, are not.

Seats for county officeholders are up for re-election in 2014.

All incumbents must meet a Feb. 15 filing deadline to run for re-election. Challengers must meet a March 1 deadline.

The primary election is May 15 and the general election Nov. 6.

Gothenburg City Council

Two of four seats are open on Gothenburg City Council.

West ward is now represented by Jeff Kennedy and east ward by Gary Fritch.

Kennedy was re-elected four years ago while Fritch was appointed a year ago to fill the seat vacated by former councilman Jim Aden.

District 20 school board

Three of six positions that are open on the District 20 school board are occupied by Bruce Clark, Lisa Geiken and Amber Burge.

Terms are for four years.

GMH hospital board

Three seats on the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital board must be re-filled during this election year.

Up for re-election are Monty Bowman, Mike Bacon and Carol Shackleton-Skinner. The hospital board is represented by five members.

The May 15 primary is the general election for the hospital board.

Airport Authority

Two seats are open on the Gothenburg Airport Authority board.

Dave Collins and Kent Kline can run for re-election this year, if they so choose, on the five-member board.

Board terms are for six years.

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