Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Challengers squeak in under deadline

A candidate for the hospital board and a former Dawson County commissioner have thrown their hats into the election ring.

Richard Tracci of Gothenburg is running against five candidates for three seats on the board that governs Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.

Board incumbents are Dr. Carol Shackleton, Monty Bowman and Mike Bacon.

Other challengers are Dr. Jay Matzke, medical chief of staff at the hospital, and hospital anesthetist Stan Roethemeyer.

Terms are for four years.

Because hospital board candidates are elected during the May 15 primary, their campaign season is shortened.

County commissioners

Challenging Butch Hagan of Lexington for the District 5 county commissioner seat is former commissioner John Knapple.

County commissioner Dean Kugler of Gothenburg, who represents District 1, and District 4 representative P.J. Jacobsen of Cozad, will run unopposed.

All county candidates are Republicans, who seek four-year terms.

Election to county offices are partisan while local races are not.

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

Gothenburg City Council

Two of four seats are open on Gothenburg City Council.

West ward councilman Jeff Kennedy and east-ward candidate Duane Oliver are running unopposed.

Oliver filed for the seat occupied by Gary Fritch who was appointed to the council a year ago.

Fritch has chosen not to run.

Council terms are for four years.

District 20 school board

Three school board seats are open.

Incumbents Amber Burge and Lisa Geiken will run for another four-year term and newcomer Jeremy Sitorius has filed for election to the board.

Long-time board member Bruce Clark is stepping down this year.

Airport Authority

The race for two seats open on the Gothenburg Airport Authority board has turned into a four-way one.

Board member Dave Collins, who is serving the last two years of a six-year term, has filed as has incumbent Kent Kline.

Challengers include Richard Fiese, Sr., and Ken Christensen.

The names of Airport Authority election hopefuls will appear on the general ballot (Nov. 6) which means filing deadlines are extended.

Incumbents have until July 16 to file and challengers by Aug. 1.

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