Metropolitan Utilities District - Subdivision 1

Candidates


Jim Begley

Incumbent

Human resources manager, City of Omaha

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Age45
PartyDemocratic
HomeOmaha
Public offices heldMUD board, 2013 to present
EducationMaster of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Bachelor of Science in political science, University of Nebraska at Omaha
FamilyMarried, three children
FaithCatholic
Key issueTo focus on the district’s infrastructure replacement program, specifically increasing the number of miles of cast iron water mains to be replaced from the current 10 miles on an annual basis to 20 miles per year over the next six years. Recently, the number of water main breaks has increased, causing a disruption in service reliability. While district crews and contractors have worked tirelessly to replace these mains, the pace must be accelerated by a combination of hiring a limited number of new employees and expanding to a regional search for qualified contractors.

Mike McGowan

Incumbent

Retired vice president, Northern Natural Gas

Age69
PartyRepublican
HomeOmaha
Public offices heldMUD board, 2016 to present; 2010-12
EducationMaster of Business Administration, Creighton University; Bachelor of Science in mathematics, Creighton University
FamilyMarried, five children, six grandchildren
FaithCatholic
Key issueTo provide safe and reliable water and natural gas service at the lowest cost possible, aggressively and prudently manage costs and grow revenue while maintaining safety at the absolute highest level for our employees and our owner-ratepayers.

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Three ways to register

» Online at nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration.

» Print out an application (Here's the form) and take it to your local election commission (Here’s a list)

» Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.

Registration questions

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.

Important dates

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