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School Board candidate withdrawing from race

October 9, 2018

A candidate for the Beatrice Public Schools Board of Education announced Tuesday he’s no longer seeking a seat on the board.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Matt Langley said he was “beyond humbled and honored” with the turnout in the May primary election, where he received the second most votes of the nine candidates.

Langley served as the assistant chief of the Beatrice Rural Fire Department and took on additional responsibilities with the department following the death of former chief Jim Engel. Around the same time, his family was offered a business opportunity that also is consuming much of his time.

“I Knew that combining my new roles in life would require much time and effort, and at the end of the day there would not be enough time and energy to give the board position it’s due diligence, and I believe that is not wise or fair,” he wrote. “It is not fair to the district, the tax payers, the staff and most importantly the great kids of our district.”

Gage County election commissioner Dawn Hill said it’s too late for Langley to remove his name from the ballot.

If he ends up being elected to the School Board, he would have to declare that he isn’t going to accept the seat and it would then fall to the School Board to fill the position.

“He’s going to have to say that he’s not going to intend to take the position,” Hill said. “Then we would have to look to see what (the School Board’s) rules are, but they would then appoint someone.”

Langley was one of nine candidates who filed for the four open seats on the school board.

Because the number of candidates was more than double the number of open seats, the issue was on the May primary ballot where the top eight vote getters advanced to the fall election. Eugene Fiester was eliminated from the race following the primary.

Incumbent Doris Martin received the most votes in May with 1,801, followed by Langley with 1,449. Other candidates, in order of votes received, are incumbent Jon Zimmerman and challengers Eric Trusty, Monte Lofing, Erin Chadwick, Eric Book and Andrew Pinney.

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