Recount likely in 1 Twin Platte NRD race

November 8, 2018

The Twin Platte Natural Resources District board’s vice chairman lost his North Platte board seat in Tuesday’s general election, while the board’s at-large seat appeared headed for an automatic recount.

Challenger Jake Tiedeman collected 1,190 votes to 1,024 for Subdistrict 3 incumbent Doug Stack in unofficial returns, giving Tiedeman 53.8 percent of the unofficial vote to Stack’s 46.3 percent. Stack also serves as North Platte city attorney.

Eric Brown of rural Hershey held a bare 60-vote lead over Dewey Schaffer of rural North Platte, 5,841 votes to 5,781, in the race to succeed at-large NRD board member Judy Pederson of North Platte. She lost to State Sen. Mike Groene in Tuesday’s 42nd Legislative District election.

State law calls for an automatic recount in the Brown-Schaffer race if the winning margin is 2 percent or less after returns are finalized. Tuesday’s unofficial results from Arthur, Keith, Lincoln and McPherson counties gave Brown 50.3 percent of the vote, compared with 49.7 percent for Schaffer. County election canvasses begin today.

David Colvin of rural North Platte, who joined the NRD board in 2017, was unopposed in Subdistrict 4. The other three incumbents on Tuesday’s election ballot all won new terms:

» Subdistrict 1: Eric Hansen of rural North Platte prevailed with 55.5 percent of the vote, receiving 1,155 votes to 925 for Jon Walz of rural Stapleton.

» Subdistrict 2: Joe Wahlgren of rural Brady collected 1,618 votes to 1,517 for Lynn Frederick of North Platte. Wahlgren had 51.6 percent of the vote to Frederick’s 48.4 percent.

» Subdistrict 5: Board Treasurer James Meismer of rural Paxton won just under 61 percent of the vote against Brian Armstrong of rural Brule. Meismer had 1,660 votes to Armstrong’s 1,062.

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