Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
It took till nearly the last minute, but there will be enough candidates to fill the 3 seats on the ballot this year for the Chadron city council. Monday was the filing deadline for non-incumbents and 4 men joined incumbent Levi Grant on the ballot.
Sean Waggener was the first to file, submitting his papers at 9:17. Mark Werner followed at 1:54, Garrett Lower at 3:12, and Bryan LaPorte at 3:47…just 43 minutes before the deadline. All 4 will advance to the November general election.
There was only one other final day filer in Dawes County, Crawford school board candidate Cameron Cuttlers. He joins fellow challenger James Wasserburger and incumbents Marie Wohler, Robert Oldfield, and Barry Stewart in seeking one of the 3 seat. They will also all advance to November.
There will be just 2 contested primary races in Dawes County, both for County Commissioner and both in the Republican party. In District 1, incumbent Jake Stewart is challenged by Wayne Fisher while Vic Rivera is taking on incumbent Stacy Swinney in District 2.
No Democrats filed for any county offices, so the incumbents…all Republicans…will be unopposed in November unless a challenger files through the petition route.
The same is true for the Chadron School Board, where incumbents Sandy Roes and Tom Menke will be joined on the ballot by Jim O’Rourke for the 3 open spots.
Whitney Village Board incumbents Lori Khalsa and Charla Shipley are unopposed as is incumbent Crawford North Ward councilman Ed Kuhnel and non-incumbent Roy Norgard in the South Ward. Mayor Terry Haugen, who beat the incumbent filing deadline by exact an hour, is challenged by Dave Nixon.