Omaha Public Power District - Subdivision 8

Linda Duckworth is running against Mike Cavanaugh in the general election.

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  • Candidates

    Mike Cavanaugh


    Retired police lieutenant, Omaha Police Department, school resource officer, Millard Public Schools; private security contractor

    Public offices heldOPPD board, 1995-present
    EducationBachelor of Science, criminal justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha
    FamilyMarried, two adult stepchildren
    Key issueOPPD is a very well-run organization which provides safe, reliable, clean, low-cost service. While holding down our rates, we continue to increase use of clean, renewable energy. My job is to continue providing conservative leadership which allows OPPD staff to complete our goal of no rate increase for five years. This will result in residential rates being 20 percent below regional average.

    Linda Duckworth

    Retired teacher, English, speech


    Public offices heldNone
    EducationBachelor of Science, education, University of Central Missouri
    FamilyMarried, three adult children
    Key issuePublic power has served Nebraska families well for generations. To keep it competitive I would proactively seek engagement with customer-owners and work to improve accountability and transparency. Because innovations and improvements in all aspects of electrical power generation are moving faster than ever, I believe it's essential for the board to be aware of the possibilities and explore them with robust discussion and debate. From there the challenge will be to make nimble yet careful decisions. I hope to be part of that process.

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    Voter info

    Three ways to register

    » Online at

    » 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 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 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:; 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