Westside School Board

May 15 marked the final election for the Westside board.

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Sean Conway

Civil and criminal attorney at Dornan Troia, Howard, Breitkreutz & Conway


Public offices heldNone
EducationLaw degree, University of Nebraska; bachelor's degree in political science, University of Nebraska at Kearney
FamilyMarried, three children
Key issueCommunity engagement, financial stewardship, and academic performance are the pillars of my campaign, but as a parent of elementary-aged students, academics are particularly important to me. The long-term scholastic success of the district requires each student receive the support they need at the elementary level. If students have a strong foundation early on, they are more likely to succeed in middle school and high school. My priority on the school board will be working to find ways to enhance students' educational experiences through increased teacher support and personalized learning strategies to ensure all students have the opportunity to be successful.

Doug Krenzer


Civil litigation attorney at Locher Pavelka Dostal Braddy & Hammes


Public offices heldWestside school board, 2016 to present
EducationLaw degree, University of Nebraska; bachelor's degree in political science, Colorado College
FamilyMarried, four children
Key issueMy governing philosophy is that all actions by the board of education should have the objective of giving all our students the resources they need to learn, grow and succeed. Based on that belief, my top priority will be to ensure that we are doing everything we can to achieve measurable improvement in student learning district wide. Progress cannot be measured by any single factor, including test scores. It is the responsibility of the board and the administration to continually evaluate best practices in curriculum and instruction for this purpose, and if elected I will do that.

Steven Taylor

CEO of Anvilhead Studios Inc.


Public offices heldNone
EducationBachelor's degree in leadership, Bellevue University
FamilyMarried, two children
Key issueFor me, it's developing programs and systems to graduate well-rounded, critical-thinking students who are knowledgeable in code and ready for adult responsibilities being fiscally responsible and understanding the responsibilities, accountability and duties of being an adult.

Meagan Van Gelder

Academic program coordinator for the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha


Public offices heldNone
EducationDoctorate degree in education, Eastern Michigan University; master's degree in education, University of Kansas; bachelor's degree in education, University of Kansas
FamilyMarried, two children
Key issueAs a parent and educator, my top priority if elected is student achievement. District 66 must continue on its path of holding high academic standards with clearly defined goals and outcomes. Students deserve to have access to the best opportunities for learning with highly qualified educators who are innovative, passionate and greatly valued. Students need excellence in personalized education as they learn and develop their own strengths to prepare themselves for post-high school decisions. I want to ensure students have the resources for personalized and high quality guidance to help them achieve their full potential.

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Voter info

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