Election results for Columbus and Lakeview school boards
Three seats on both the Columbus Public Schools and Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education will be filled in this year’s general election. As of 9:46 p.m., about one forth, or approximately 20 percent of the vote has been counted.
Five candidates ran in the election for the Columbus board and four for Lakeview, each candidate running for one of three seats. At the time of print deadline, it is projected incumbents Douglas Molczyk and Theresa Seipel will retain their seats on the Columbus school board, with the third spot going to Michael Jeffryes.
For Lakeview, it appears incumbents Ryan Loseke and Keith Runge will also retain their seats, with the third seat being too close to call.
At this time for Columbus, Seipel has 23.46 percent of the vote (1,458), Molczyk 22.71 percent (1,411), Jeffryes 21.05 percent (1,308), Mary Wigand 18.25 percent (1,143) and Karina Lopez with 14.27 percent (887).
At this time for Lakeview, Loseke has 32.28 percent of the vote (317), Runge 28.11 percent (276), Chad Anderson 19.86 percent (195) and Larry Hassebrook 19.55 percent (192).
Molczyk, 52, is a captain with the Columbus Police Department. He has lived in Platte County for the past 29 years and his three children went to school in the district. His background includes earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Kearny, Masters of Science in Forensic Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduating from the FBI National Academy.
Seipel, 51, has served on the board since 2011. Born and raised in Platte County, the mother of three currently works as a personal banker and serves as the board’s current president. Her background includes earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State College and working as a secretary at an elementary school.
Wiegand, 47, is a mother of three and works as the adult education coordinator for Central Community College and as the executive director for the Platte Valley Literacy Association. She was born and raised in Platte County and her background includes a bachelor’s degree in Logistics Management from Bellevue University. This is her first time officially running for the board.
Jeffryes, 41, is a lead IT analyst at Columbus Community Hospital. The father of four currently serves on the Columbus Public Schools Foundation board. In 2016, he co-chaired the 16th annual Taste of Columbus fundraising event hosted by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce.
Lopez, 26, is the executive director of the nonprofit Centro Hispano Comunitario de Nebraska. She grew up in Platte County and obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The mother of two is a current member of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce’s Engaging Diversity committee.
Lakeview incumbent Runge is a farmer and owner of Columbus Feed & Hatchery and serves as the board’s current president. Loseke another board incumbent, serves as the board’s current vice president and has been on the board for the past eight years. He works as a veterinarian and cattle feeder at Loseke Veterinary Services, a business he operates with his wife, June Loseke.
Hassebrook of Emerson is a repair technician at Tooley Drug & Home Care. In the past, he served on the steering committee for the district’s project to remodel Shell Creek Elementary School several years ago, as well as served on the district’s advisory council. Anderson of Platte Center, father of three sons who are currently enrolled in the school district, ran for the position two years ago in the last election.
Eric Schucht is a report for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.