By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
It’s less than two weeks until the deadline for incumbent office-holders to file, the reason why the Chase County Clerk’s Office had a flurry of filings the past week.
With the exception of one individual, incumbents are the only ones who had filed as of Tuesday afternoon.
The incumbent deadline to file is Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. MT. Non-incumbents have about two weeks longer until March 1, also at 5 p.m.
The one county position for which a non-incumbent has filed is the Chase County Sheriff. Randy Jordan, a former Chase County deputy in 2007-08, has filed for the job now held by Sheriff Tim Sutherland, who also has filed for re-election.
Both Sutherland and Jordan will appear on the Republican ticket.
With the exception of Dist. #1 County Commissioner Chuck Vette of Wauneta, all county elected offices are up for election in 2010.
And, except for one of the commissioner seats, all of the current county office-holders have filed.
In addition to Sutherland, other county officials seeking re-election include Clerk Debra Clark, Assessor Dotty Bartels, Treasurer Cynthia Schoenberger, Attorney Arlan Wine and Dist. #3 Commissioner Don Weiss, Jr.
Dist. #2 County Commissioner Jodi Thompson had not yet filed on Tuesday this week.
Other local offices that are up for election this year include Imperial mayor and two council seats.
Mayor Annie Longan has filed for re-election, but incumbent council members Chad Yaw and Lynn Luhrs had not filed yet for the two four-year terms, nor has anyone else.
Imperial Airport Authority also has two elected positions up this year, those currently held by Jeff Pribbeno and Blake Moreland. There are no filings for those seats yet.
Chase County Schools board of education members whose terms run out this year include Todd Burpo, Dirk Haarberg, Penny Strand and Bob Milner.
Burpo and Haarberg have filed for re-election. There are no other filings for that board.
Three school board seats are up for election for the Wauneta-Palisade Schools. Two incumbents have already filed for re-election—Allison Sandman and Bill Bischoff. The third incumbent, Brenda Anderson, had not filed as of Tuesday, and there were no other filings for those seats.
There are two Upper Republican NRD seats up for election this year in Chase County.
Incumbent Dean Large of Wauneta has filed for re-election to his District #6 seat, and was the only NRD candidate filing as of Tuesday across all three counties.
The NRD board’s District #4 and at-large seats are also up for election. They are currently held by Tim Schilke (#4) of Champion and Jeff Wallin (at-large) of Imperial.
In Dundy County, Terry Martin’s Dist. #2 NRD seat is up for election, along with two others in Perkins County, now held by Mike Mosel of Grant (Dist. #8) and Greg Pelster of Elsie (Dist. #10).
There has also been some filing activity on the state level.
There’s a race on tap for the Dist. 44 legislative seat that serves Chase County, and is now held by Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial. Christensen has filed for re-election, and will be challenged by former state senator Tom Baker of Trenton.
Adrian Smith of Gering, who serves as Republican Third District Congressman, filed for re-election. Challengers include Republican Dennis Parker of Columbus and Democrat Rebekah Davis of Scottsbluff.
Incumbent Gov. Dave Heineman has filed for re-election and has a challenger on the Republican ticket, Paul Anderson of Omaha. There were no Democratic gubernatorial candidates yet this week.
Later filing deadlines
There are also three seats up for election for the Wauneta Village Board and Lamar Village Board, but they have later July 15 filing deadlines, as do candidates for the Imperial Public Power District and ESU #15.