Election for a seat in the Legislature.
Owner/manager, retail music store
|Public offices held||Mayor of Columbus, 2004 to 2016; Nebraska Crime Commission, former member|
|Education||Columbus Scotus High School; Platte Community College, speech certificate; Fort Hays State (Kansas) College; University of Nebraska-Lincoln, speech communications degree|
|Family||Married, three grown children|
|Key issue||High property taxes are the biggest issue in District 22. With increased valuations, property taxes have soared and have become a big burden for property owners. With low commodity prices, many farmers are struggling financially. We need to reduce property taxes and find funds in the state budget to offset some of the reductions. The progress we have made in Columbus, during my 12 years as mayor, and my 40-year long small business background give me a unique perspective to address Nebraska's need for more jobs and more value for the tax dollar.|
Farmer, commerical grain hauler
|Public offices held||Stanton County Planning Commission, 1996-present; Stanton County Public Power District, 1999-present|
|Education||Stanton High School|
|Family||Divorced, two grown children|
|Key issue||My top priority in the Legislature will be to grow our economy, especially our rural economy. We cannot tax ourselves to prosperity. High taxes, and especially high property taxes really hurt rural Nebraska. I will oppose any tax increase and I will oppose reckless tax shifts. To grow our economy, I will help create an environment that allows for business growth and job creation. I will work to help communities like Columbus fill quality open jobs through workforce development and jobs training partnerships. If we can grow the economy, we will be able to provide Nebraskans with meaningful tax relief.|
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Three ways to register
» Online at nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration.
» Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.
Visit www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov to check whether you’re registered to vote and find your polling place. If you think you should be able to vote at a polling place but there’s a problem with the registration, request to fill out a provisional ballot. The election commission will collect them and then has a week to verify whether you are eligible to vote.
To see a sample ballot
See a sample ballot from the Nebraska Secretary of State website here.
To find your district
Visit votercheck.necvr.ne.gov and look up your registration info or polling place to find a list of the political districts you live in.
Oct. 1: First day for early voting ballots to be mailed.
Oct. 9: First day to vote early in person at election commission office.
Oct. 19: Deadline to register to vote online, by mail, at agencies, at the DMV office, by deputy registrar or by registration form that’s delivered to the election office by someone other than the person registering
Oct. 26: Deadline for in-person voter registration at election commission office, 6 p.m. Deadline for early voting ballots to be requested to be mailed to a specific address, 6 p.m. Deadline for write-in candidates to file notarized affidavit and filing fee with filing officer.
Nov. 5: Deadline for in-person early voting at election commission office, 5 p.m. (Sarpy County office closes at 4:45 p.m.)
Nov. 6: Election Day! Polls open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. 7 p.m.: Deadline for agent to pick up early voting ballot. 8 p.m.: Deadline to return early voting ballot to election commission office or drop box location
Nov. 13: Deadline for verification of provisional ballots
Here are the Douglas County drop box locations, opening in early October:
City/County Building (1819 Farnam St.)
South Omaha Branch Library (2808 Q St.)
Washington Branch Library (2868 Ames Ave.)
Ralston Police Department (7400 Main St., Ralston)
Abrahams Branch Library (5111 N. 90th St.)
Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th St.)
Drive-up location (115th and Davenport Streets, on median)
Douglas County Engineer's Office (15505 West Maple Road)
Millard Public Schools Foundation (5225 S. 159th Ave.)
Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch Library (2100 Reading Plaza)
To contact your election commission
Douglas County Election Commission: www.votedouglascounty.com; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154
Sarpy County Election Commission: www.sarpy.com/election; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046