|New filer deadline Tuesday for primary election|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 26 February 2016 18:29|
New filers have until 5 p.m. Tuesday
to file for positions included on the primary ballot
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
The primary election incumbent filing deadline passed last week, but new filers have a few more days to register their intent to run for public office.
Many local and regional positions will be included on the primary ballot when voters go to the polls on May 10 this year.
New filers, those who do not currently hold an elected position, have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file for positions included on the primary ballot.
Both Wauneta-Palisade Public Schools and Chase County Public Schools have seats for four-year terms that will be voted on this year.
On the WP board, seats held by Jon Anderjaska, John Jutten and Jason Hicks will be included in the vote. All three incumbents have filed for re-election. As of Tuesday afternoon, no non-incumbents have filed for a seat on the WP board.
The Chase County Schools board has five seats up for grabs this year. The seats are currently held by Tom Gaschler, Willy O’Neil, Gregg Smith, Karl Meeske and Sheila Stromberger. O’Neil, Meeske and Stromberger filed for re-election. Gaschler, who had previously reported he does not plan to re-file, and Smith did not file for re-election by the incumbent deadline.
Chuck Vette, Rep., of Wauneta filed for another four-year term as District No. 1 Chase County Commissioner. Non-incumbent Ted Brewer, Dem., of Wauneta has also filed his intention to run for the position. As of Tuesday afternoon, Brewer is the only non-incumbent who has filed for a local office.
Positions on the Imperial City Council, a four-year term, and Imperial Airport Authority, a six-year term, will be included on the primary ballot in May.
Imperial City Council seats up for election this year include those currently held by Dan Thompson and Johna Jablonski. Jablonski filed for re-election by the incumbent deadline.
Seats on the Imperial Airport Authority held by Rob Aslesen and Jeff Pribbeno will be included on the primary ballot. Pribbeno has indicated he will not seek re-election. Aslesen filed by the incumbent deadline.
Regional boards included on the primary ballot include the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (NRD) and the Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) Board of Governors. Both encompass four-year terms.
The four seats up for election on the Upper Republican NRD board include those currently held by Kerry Bernhardt, Dist. 3; Tom Gaschler, Dist. 5; Tom Terryberry, Dist. 7 and Thomas L. Schroder, Dist. 9. All four incumbents filed for re-election by the deadline.
Six seats on the MPCC Board of Governors will be voted on this year. They are currently held by Matthew E. Broz of Hayes Center, Dist. 1; JoEtta Brown of Brule, Dist. 2; Louis Stithem of Broken Bow, Dist. 3; Ernie Mehl of North Platte, Dist. 5 and Ted Klug, Jr. of Maxwell, an at-large member. All six incumbents filed by the deadline. As of Monday evening no new filers have filed with the Secretary of State for these seats.
Voter registration deadlines
Voters have until Friday, April 29 to register to vote in the primary election if they chose to register at the County Election Office. Those who wish to register via mail, at the motor vehicle office or other state agencies must do so by Friday, April 22.
Registered voters may request an early voting ballot until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Early voting ballots must be returned to the County Election Office by 7 p.m. MT/8 p.m. CT on election day.
Positions included on general election ballot
Some local and regional positions will be included only on the general election ballot in November. Positions on the Wauneta Village Board, Lamar Village Board, ESUs, Southwest Public Power District and Imperial Public Power District will be voted on in November.
The incumbent filing deadline for the general election is July 15 for incumbents and August 1 for non-incumbents. To date, no incumbents or non-incumbents have filed for election for these positions.
The two seats up for election this year on the Wauneta Village Board are those currently held by Lloyd Sinner and Rick Einspahr. Sinner has indicated he does not plan to seek re-election once his current term expires.
The Lamar Village Board also has two seats on this year’s ballot. They include one seat currently held by Suzie Alderson and one open seat formerly held be Steve Carpenter.
Southwest Public Power District (SWPPD) has two open seats, one open seat formerly held by Bob Romine in Sub District No. 2 and one currently held by Rod Spencer in Sub District No. 3.
Two seats on the Imperial Public Power District board will be voted on in November. The seats are currently held by Bill Brophy and Russ Pankonin.