Election for a seat in the Legislature.
|Home||Rural Kearney County near Minden|
|Public offices held||None|
|Education||Law degree, University of Nebraska; bachelor's in social work, University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Family||Married, two stepchildren|
|Key issue||My initial work in the legislature will be to work on broadening the base for education funding. In District 38, property taxes pay for the schools with little or no help from the state and other sources of funding. That has to change. The obligation to educate our children K-12 must have a broader base of financial support. Even if the legislature passes one of the measures before it now, I expect this will be an ongoing process until we are committed to a long term, well-structured solution to education funding.|
|Public offices held||Sandy Creek school board, 1997-99|
|Education||Bachelor of animal science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Family||Married, three children|
|Faith||Evangelical Free Church in Hastings|
|Key issue||My number one priority if elected is substantially reducing property taxes. Property taxes are the largest and fastest growing source of tax revenue in Nebraska, increasing by more than 60 percent in the last ten years. Nebraska is ranked 49th in education funding from the state, so local school districts who receive little or no state aid for education must place all the financial burden on property owners. Nebraska has excellent public schools, but this broken system of funding schools is not sustainable. My hope is that more candidates that are serious about solving the rising property tax problem will get elected.|
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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