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Liss wins District 1 Platte County Board of Supervisors seat

November 8, 2018

It was half-past 1 in the morning when Fred Liss was awoken by his wife, who he said was excited to give him the news: He won.

As of 12:42 a.m. Wednesday, the unofficial results of the general election for the District 1 seat on the Platte County Board of Supervisors were in. Republican Liss had 58.63 of the vote (768), Libertarian John Harms had 28.02 percent (367) and Democrat Barb Siedlik had 13.21 percent (173). Thirty-one out of 32 precincts had been reported.

“I just wanted to thank everyone who supported me,” Liss said. “I’m just amazed at the voter turnout that we had compared to what we had in the primary.”

Liss, 64, was born and raised in Platte County and worked for 31 years in the county Highway Department, something he said he believes helped him in the election. In 2009, the former Platte County Highway Superintendent retired.

“I’d like to think that the people are kind of rewarding me for all the years I had as highway superintendent,” Liss said. “Basically people are placing their confidence in me to get the work done.”

Liss said in a prior interview with The Telegram that he decided to run after many people encouraged him to throw his hat in the race after incumbent Tom Martens, a Republican, announced he was no longer going to run for re-election. Martens had registered to run prior to the primary election but dropped out in late February.

Liss said he wanted to thank incumbent Tom Martens for his years of service in the position.

“He deserves a pat on the back,” he said.

In the primary race, Liss beat out Todd Stuthman, receiving 56 percent of the vote (260) compared to Stuthman’s 43.44 percent (202). In a previous interview with The Telegram, he said his main concerns are high property taxes and road conditions.

Liss said he currently has no set agenda and plans to work with the existing board on the current issues facing the county at the moment.

“Well just see what comes up in January,” Liss said on Wednesday morning.

Harms called Liss over the phone to congratulate his opponent on the win and said he will do a good job in the position. In 2014, Harms ran in the previous election for the District 1 seat but was beat out by Martens in the primary election. He said at the moment he’s undecided if he’ll run in the next election four years from now.

“Potentially, I’ll see how the county looks in four years and I’ll evaluate it when the time comes,” Harms said. “Nebraska is a red state, it’s hard to crack the Republican threshold.”

Elections this year were also held for the District 3, 5, and 7 seats on the board. Incumbents in District 3 and 5 elections ran unopposed, allowing board members Republican James Scrow and Republican Bob Lloyd to retain their seats for another term. Incumbent and Republican Hollie Olk was beat out by Kim Kwapnioski in May’s primary election.

All newly elected county officials in Platte County will be sworn into office on Jan. 3, 2019.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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