Final numbers still to come in Scotts Bluff County
GERING – There was a line to the door at the Gering Civic Center at 7 a.m. as Scotts Bluff County volunteer Mike Minzey opened the doors to the polling station Tuesday morning. The same was reported at other precincts across the county, state and nation.
Numbers show a turnout rate higher than a typical midterm election, yet lower than a presidential one. Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale had predicted 56 percent of the state’s 1.2 million registered voters would cast ballots. By late Tuesday evening, it wasn’t clear whether the state would reach that threshold.
In western Nebraska, numbers were still coming in at press time.
With 21 of 31 Scotts Bluff County precincts reporting as of press time, Scottsbluff’s effort to increase the city sales tax by one-half percent was being rejected by 1,282 to 791.
For Scottsbluff School Board, leading candidates were incumbents Ruth Kozal, Mark Lang and newcomer Lori Browning.
For Scottsbluff City Council, leaders were Nathan Green with 1,049 voters, Terry Schaub at 986 and Jeanne McKerrigan with 947.
Dave Curtis was leading in the Mitchell mayoral race with 227 votes heading of write-in candidate Paul Murrell with 158 votes followed by incumbent Brian Taylor with 108 votes.
District 48 State Senator John Stinner was certain for re-election with no challengers.
Republican Kelly Sides was leading in the county clerk race by a 5,159 to 1,498 margin over Libertarian candidate Kurt Zadina.
Many county races didn’t have challengers. Jean Bauer was re-elected register of deeds. Darla Simpson was re-elected for clerk of the district court and Heather Hauschild was re-elected county treasurer. Mark Overman was re-elected county sheriff. County Attorney is Dave Eubanks and Bernie Straetker is public defender.
Other unopposed races included: Dennis Sullivan as county surveyor and Amy Ramos as county assessor.
With 21 of 31 precincts reporting, leaders for North Platte Natural Resources District included Ryan Reuter in Subdistrict 1, Mark Westphal in Subdistrict 2, Gary Darnall in Subdistrict 3, Kent Andreas in Subdistrict 4, and Pete Lapasoetes for the At Large seat.
Leading candidates for Minatare School Board were Jana Schwartz, Cody Ross and Val Guitierrez.
For Morrill School Board, leaders were David Sherrod, Lisa Kaufman and Bill Watson.
Incumbents were leading for Gering School Board with Mary Winn, Brian Copsey and Brady Shaul at the top of the results.
The one contested race in Terrytown for Ward 2 council member had Mike Minzey leading incumbent Jerry Green 11-3.
However, Gering’s residents appeared to approve the renewal of its LB 840 half-cent sales tax. The accompanying economic development plan was also leading.
Box Butte County had not reported any results at press time.
Final results can be found at www.starherald.com/election2018.