Poll workers had their hands full yesterday making sure the election ran smoothly, and fairly. Pictured above working at the Veterans Building, from left, are Nancy Sedlacek, Jackie Linville, Joleen McCandless Linder and Debbie Kleeb. Photo by Deb McCaslin
Barack Obama may have been declared the winner of the presidential race Tuesday night, but the state of Nebraska did not agree. And with Custer County and surrounding areas reporting high numbers of voters going to the polls, Mitt Romney was the clear favorite here.
In the race for U.S. Senate the distance between Deb Fischer and Bob Kerrey was about as great as in the presidential race, with Fischer taking this area by a landslide. Custer County voters turned in 4,245 ballots for Fischer, compared to 1,018 for Kerrey.
Republican Adrian Smith also heavily defeated his opponent, Mark Sullivan, in Custer County - 4,231 to 961.
Some of the local races, however, were much closer than that. While all precincts have been counted, these numbers are not yet official. There are still quite a number of absentee, provisional and paper ballots to count. The paper ballots are the result of the high voter turnout - nearly 65 percent in Custer County - which caused some polling places to run out of ballots.
Custer County Clerk Conni Gracey says that was a common problem Tuesday all across the state, with larger than average numbers going to the polls. She explains that the counting machines cannot read the paper ballots, and therefore they must be counted by hand. Gracey estimates it will be Friday afternoon before the official numbers for Custer County are in.
UNOFFICIAL results for Custer Countyâ€™s contested races are as follows:
Anselmo-Merna School Board (vote for up to three); M. Jason Chandler - 445, Joel Bartak - 406, Kevin Safranek - 368, Joyce Christen - 322
Ansley School Board (up to three): Jaimee Bailey 382, Neil Ostrand - 377, Peter Cunningham - 352, Janice Harrop - 213
Sargent School Board (three): Chandra Horky - 347, Larry Gibbens - 339, Matthew Smith - 311, David Hansen - 278
Arnold School Board (three): Duane Bowers - 318, Diana Coleman - 295, Eric Nelson - 231, Tammy Weinman - 189, Holly Hornung-Remund - 169, Bobbie Jo Christensen - 104
Arcadia School Board (three): Bill Staab - 21, Norman Sillivan - 19, Jodi Bose, 17, Jolene Greenland - 8, John Maschka - 8, Jamie Spencer - 4
Loup County School Board (three):Kent Lewis - 5, Stacey Dunbar - 5, Jolene Skalsky - 2, Robert Christensen - 1
Sandhills School Board (three): Tyson Cox - 5, Michelle Milleson - 4, Mat Zutavern - 4, Tedd Teahon - 2
Litchfield School Board (three): Jim Holm - 64, David Siegel - 56, Eldon Epley - 46, Julia Fieldgrove - 22, Write-In - 28
Anselmo Village Board (three): Scott Stupka - 62, Jessica Burnett - 50, C. Maxine Taul - 44, Allen Cooley, 14, Write-In - 15
Ansley Village Board (three): Steven Bowers - 126, Cheryl Byam - 124, Jim Morgan - 120, Lisa Fecht - 62, Michelle Mills - 62, Sara Garniss-Switzer - 64
City of Sargent 0.5% sales tax: For - 148, Against - 97
Village of Ansley 1.50% sales tax: Yes - 69, No - 128
City of Sargent economic development program: Yes - 157, No - 87
Village of Anselmo, relocated Clerkâ€™s office: For - 27, Against - 46
Shall Judge Michael Fitzgerald be retained? Yes - 3,058; No - 943
Shall Judge James Orr be retained? Yes - 3,468, No - 867
Shall Judge Alan Brodbeck be retained? Yes - 2,944, No - 948
Loup Valleys Rural Public Power District (three): James Novotny - 35, Brad Lech - 30, Dale Seidel - 28, Marvin Scheideler - 22, Jim Edwards - 20
Dawson Public Power District (two): Pat Hecox - 44, Joe Jeffrey - 28, Bruce Stuart - 17
UNOFFICIAL Valley County results in contested races:
Arcadia school board: John Maschka - 139, Jolene Greenland - 135, Jesse Trotter - 133, Bill Staab - 102, Jodi Bose - 77, Norman Sillivan - 75, Jamie Spencer - 37
Loup City school board: Jerry Kowalski - 11, Rick Chilewski - 9, Cindy Ference - 9, Jim Jaeschke - 9, Becky Lambrecht - 6, Wayne Klein - 5, Elsie Kieborz - 4, Jill Young - 3, Donna Wardyn - 2, Kelly Griffith - 1
Loup Valleys PPD (three):
James Novotny - 607, Jim Edwards - 594, Brad Lech - 575, Marvin Scheideler - 431, Dale Seidel - 426
Valley County is reporting 88.89 percent voter turnout.
UNOFFICIAL Loup County results in contested races:
Loup Valleys rural PPD (three): Brad Lech - 2, James Novotny - 1, Jim Edwards - 1, Dale Seidel - 1
Loup County school board (three): Kent Lewis - 227, Stacey Dunbar - 187, Robert Christensen - 174, Jolene Skalsky - 105
Loup County reports that 365 of the countyâ€™s 503 registered voters went to the polls, for a 72.56 percent turnout.
UNOFFICIAL Blaine Co. results in contested races:
Brewster village: Rob Hall - 6, Donna Baker - 5, Marilyn Rhoades - 1, Ida Jo Chilen - 1, Walt Rhoades - 1, Faith Oberg - 1
Dunning village: Chet Wales - 45, Dan Sheets - 39, Eugene Johnson - 26, William Polk - 10, Ed Payne Jr. - 2, Marlene VanDiest - 2, Corey McFadden - 2, Norm VanDiest - 2, Julie McFAdden - 1, Larry Collier - 1, Mary Thomas - 1, Ron McFadden - 1
Halsey village: Kris Ganoung - 3, Mel Coffman - 2
School board, Dist 71: Tyson Cox - 227, Tedd Teahon - 196, Michelle Milleson - 167, Mat Zutavern - 144
School board, Dist 15: Kevin Safranek - 6, Joel Bartak - 4, M. Jason Chandler - 3, Joyce Christen - 1
UNOFFICIAL Thomas Co. results in contested races:
Thedford school board: Ronda Haumann - 179, Bridget Licking - 173, Matthew Miles - 133, Loretta Hamilton - 95, Lee Ray - 86, Bill Taylor - 83, Steve Ahlstrom - 41, Dawn Haake - 29
Sandhills school board: Tedd Teahon - 52, Tyson Cox - 48, Michelle Milleson - 35, Mat Zutavern - 25
Mullen school board: Lyle Phillips - 30, Denise Vinton - 25, Barb Svoboda - 24, Tony Corbin - 1
Village of Thedford: Judy Taylor - 98, Jerry Linn - 86, Daniel Wadas - 80
Village of Halsey: Mel Coffman - 27, Kris Ganoung - 24, Darrel Anderson - 23, Kathy Christensen - 14
Village of Seneca: Pat Taylor - 18, Tami Taylor - 16, Larry Isom - 13, Rhonda Reiser - 9, Joe Rebello - 4, Larry Hardy - 4, Nina Hardy - 4, Clinton Harvey - 2, Leslie harvey - 2
UNOFFICIAL Hooker Co. results in contested races:
Mullen school board: Barb Svoboda - 246, Denise Vinton - 327, Lyle Phillips - 229
Village of Mullen: Bill Sonnenfelt - 181, Melvin McIntosh - 171, Jeffrey Jacobs - 88
Hooker County had a voting machine go down, and they had to scramble to find another. They were able to locate one close by and sent the Sheriffâ€™s Office to pick it up. The county reports a 67.5 percent voter turnout.
UNOFFICIAL Sherman Co. results in contested races:
Loup Valleys rural PPD (three): Jim Edwards - 282, James Novotny - 217, Brad Lech - 186, Marvin Scheideler - 159, Dale Seidel - 153
Loup City sales and use tax increase: Against - 311, For - 152
Ordinance to prohibit addition of flouride: Yes - 292, No - 160
Loup City school board: Cindy Ference - 673, Jill Young - 517, Jerry Kowalski - 502, Kelly Griffith - 473, Jim Jaeschke - 464, Rick Chilewski - 456, Wayne Klein - 443, Becky Lambrecht - 414, Donna Wardyn - 274, Elsie Kieborz - 243
Litchfield school board: Scott Paitz (write in) - 222, David Siegel - 171, Eldon Epley - 134, Jim Holm - 127, Julia Fieldgrove - 71, Chad Slocum (write in) - 38
Arcadia school board: John Maschka - 10, Jolene Greenland - 9, Jess Trotter - 9, Jamie Spencer - 4, Jodi Bose - 3, Norman Sillivan - 3, Bill Staab - 1
UNOFFICIAL Garfield Co. results in contested races:
Loup Valleys rural PPD (three): Dale Seidel - 273, Brad Lech - 214, James Novotny - 142, Jim Edwards - 117, Marvin Scheideler - 95
Burwell school board (three): Randall Dobbins - 719, Terry Smith - 656, Stacey Klimek - 492, Larry Sears - 334
Garfield County reports 76.57 percent voter turnout.