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The North Platte city council race in Ward 1 was exceedingly close, with just 21 votes separating leader Brook Baker from Josh Welden, when the votes were counted.

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Although the ballots have been counted, the totals are unofficial until they are certified at the end of the week, after a board of canvassers reviews the tally.

Unofficially, 66 percent of eligible voters in Lincoln County cast ballots, according to the county clerk's office.

Baker received 921 votes. Welden had 900.

In ward 2, Glenn Petersen defeated Barb Keller, 1,741-1,298.

In ward 3, the later returns blew open a tight race, with challenger Andrew Lee winning by an unofficial 294 votes over incumbent Dan McGuire, 1,196-902.

In ward 4, incumbent Larry Campbell took a commanding win over challenger Tracy Martinez. Unofficially, Campbell had twice as many votes and won, 1,056-528.


School board

For the North Platte school board, Jack Price won by nearly 350 votes over incumbent Jim Paloucek, 2,078-1,744, in ward 3 -- the southwest part of town.

Mike Morell claimed a 57-43% win over Pat Bartels for the ward 2 seat on the school board.

Kathy Phares was unopposed in ward 1.


Statewide

In the race for the U.S. Senate, Republican Deb Fischer will take her Nebraska values to Washington. She defeated opponent Bob Kerrey by 58-41% with 96 percent of the ballots counted.

Fischer nearly doubled Kerrey's total in Lincoln County -- 10,122-5,170.

For President, Romney held a 59-38% lead over President Barack Obama in Nebraska, with other candidates receiving about 2 percent.

The state Constitutional amendments that would give state senators a raise and extend their terms another four years were defeated by a wide margin.

On the other hand, voters gave a resounding ‘yes’ to amendments to protect hunting and fishing, and to allow elected officials to be impeached for prior crimes.


SCHOOL BOARDS


Brady - SD #6

Marge Spencer - 312

T.J. Walker – 267

Bryan Franzen - 256

Ryan Stearns - 239


Hershey - SD 37

Steve Koch - 651

Brenda A. Johnson - 648

Julie Boettcher - 563

Floydene Brown - 584


Maxwell - SD #7

Casey L. Meyer - 355

Jason Sommer - 326

Robyn R. Huffman - 318


Sutherland - SD #55

Jannette Lantis - 635

Steve Osborn - 623

Myron McCune - 584


Wallace - SD #65

Kristi Griffiths - 301

Cindy Christensen - 239

Kenny Ogier - 195

Lila Koop - 187


VILLAGE BOARD CANDIDATES


BRADY

Todd Roe - 153

Lynn L. Herrick – 135

Write-ins - 85

Rodrick Brown - 45


HERSHEY

Carol Hernandez - 243

Raymond Cox - 205


MAXWELL

Shane Montgomery - 79

Write-ins - 68


SUTHERLAND

Jay A Elfeldt - 322

Scott Meyer - 255

Rob Monie - 253

John P. Lutz - 203

Connie Davis - 145

Char Rotert - 130

Brent A Sinsel - 120

Mary P. Gibbons - 113

Deb Smith - 86

Michael Rhoades - 64


WALLACE


Lea Van Boening - 134

Garth Ogier - 112

Linda S. Lehmkuhl - 101


WELLFLEET

John Lewis - 24

Write-Ins - 23


North Platte Airport Authority

Mike Jacobson - 5,731

Darell C. Smith - 5,348


Lincoln County Noxious Weed Control Board

Darold L. Miller, Maxwell – 11,957

Write ins - 196


For complete Lincoln County results, click HERE.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 11/6/2012
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