By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Five more incumbents filed the past week for elective office, as the incumbent filing deadline arrives on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
New filings came in for county commissioner, the Imperial city council, Chase County Schools board of education and the Upper Republican NRD board.
Jodi Thompson of Imperial, current county commissioner for Dist. #2, filed for re-election. With her filing the past week, all current county officials up for re-election have filed.
All county offices but the Dist. #1 commissioner seat held by Wauneta’s Chuck Vette are up for election in 2010.
Other new filings received by the County Clerk’s Office this week include Chad Yaw, incumbent, Imperial city council; Bob Milner, incumbent, CCS board of education; and Terry Martin of Benkelman and Greg Pelster of Elsie, both current office-holders on the NRD board of directors.
County Clerk Debra Clark’s office will be open until 5 p.m. MT on Tuesday, the last day for incumbent filings.
An incumbent is anyone holding a current elected office, even if he or she seeks election to a different office. They must abide by the Feb. 16 filing deadline.
All new candidates seeking office have until March 1 to file.
This year’s Primary Election is set for May 11, with the General Election on Nov. 2.
In addition to the local races, there are a number of seats up for election on the state level, including Governor/Lt. Governor, Congressional Representative (all 3), Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor and Attorney General.
County Clerk Clark noted that Chase County voters will also be casting ballots for their representative on the Mid-Plains Community College board, UNL Board of Regents, State Board of Education and ESU 15 and 16.
The Wauneta and Lamar village boards also have three seats each up for election. However, they are elected in November, so have summer filing deadlines.
All candidates so far are incumbents, with the exception of one of the sheriff candidates and a challenger for the Dist. 44 legislative seat.
Here is the full slate of local office filings affecting Chase County voters as of Tuesday, Feb. 9.
County Sheriff—Tim Sutherland, Republican (incumbent); Randy Jordan, Republican.
County Clerk—Debra Clark, Republican.
County Assessor—Dotty Bartels, Republican.
County Treasurer—Cynthia Schoenberger, Republican.
County Attorney—Arlan Wine, Republican.
County commissioner Dist. 3—Don Weiss, Jr., Republican.
County commissioner Dist. 2—Jodi Thompson, Republican.
Imperial mayor—Annie Longan.
Imperial city council—Chad Yaw.
Chase County Schools board of education—Todd Burpo, Dirk Haarberg, Bob Milner.
Wauneta/Palisade board of education—Allison Sandman, Bill Bischoff.
Upper Republican NRD board—Terry Martin, Dist. 2; Dean Large, Dist. 6; Greg Pelster, Dist. 10.
Dist. 44 state legislative seat—Mark Christensen, Imperial (incumbent); Tom Baker, Trenton.
There have been no filings for the two seats on the Imperial Airport Authority.
The Chase County Surveyor position is also up for election.