Omaha Public Power District - Subdivision 6

Eric Williams versus Tom Barrett in the general election.

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  • Candidates

    Tom Barrett


    Attorney; stay-at-home parent


    Public offices heldOPPD board, 2013-present
    EducationJuris Doctor, Creighton University; Bachelor of Arts, history, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    FamilyMarried, three children
    Key issueMy No. 1 priority is keeping rates low and stable. This is done by controlling costs, moving away from coal and seeking new, lower-cost renewable energy projects, smart-grid innovations and economic development projects such as Facebook. OPPD must stay competitive with other utilities by running a lean operation and always putting its customer-owners first.

    Eric Williams

    Natural resources planner, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District


    Public offices heldNone
    EducationBachelor of Science, civil engineering, Rice University
    Key issueNebraska’s public power history has brought great benefits to people across our community, and we need to be prepared for rapidly changing technology of the future. My top priority is helping ensure fair rates and affordable bills for the ratepayer-owners of our electric utility. The best way to keep energy affordable is to invest in new energy market opportunities. These include support for clean energy jobs and infrastructure, efficiency upgrades in homes and businesses and smart grid technology. Investments to prepare for our energy future will help people lower their energy costs and will strengthen public power.

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    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:; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154

    Sarpy County Election Commission:; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046