State Board of Education - District 8

Pat McPherson faces Deborah Neary in the general election.

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Pat McPherson

Retired banker, political consultant, public administrator


Public offices heldPapio-Missouri River Natural Resources District board of directors, 1978-82.
EducationBachelor's degree, Creighton University.
FamilySingle; no children
Key issueMy goal is to continue to bring a business-like approach to the board as we implement our strategic plan to assure equity for every Nebraska child and close learning gaps. We must bring together and engage stakeholders, and just as importantly parents, to meet the challenges of the future. This will produce career-ready students to go on to college or pursue other post-secondary learning that will assure them opportunities to achieve success and become productive Nebraska citizens. I’ll continue to implement our strategic plan to provide great schools and opportunities for our children to learn and grow in a safe environment.

Deborah Neary

Executive director, Midlands Mentoring Partnership; former director of education, Durham Museum


Public offices heldNone
EducationBachelor's degree, history, and master's degree, history with a minor in public administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Key issueThe most urgent role of the NDE Board is to find ways to close achievement gaps — and provide teachers the supports they need to be successful in this goal. I will advocate for innovative measures that strengthen our public schools, uphold state standards, and continue the tradition of taxpayer oversight via elected school board members. I will also advocate for supportive and safe school climates so students and teachers have less to fear regarding gun violence. I will encourage emphasis on preparedness and pre-incident assessment strategies, and advocate that schools have behavioral health support systems necessary to be successful.

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

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Registration questions

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To see a sample ballot

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To find your district

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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