By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor
It was a General Election without a vote for U.S. President, but Tuesday’s voting still included some interesting twists and turns due to several local races.
Imperial will have a new mayor. Dwight Coleman will take over the mayoral reins in December.
A new Imperial city council member was also elected, and two new faces will be joining the Chase County Schools board of education.
On the county level, Chase County voters elected a new sheriff. In a race that many said was too close to call, local voters elected a former hometown boy, Kevin Mueller, who actually lost a Primary Election bid in Keith County, where he now serves as sheriff. He was elected Tuesday by petition, something that doesn’t happen too often.
Two county commissioners were re-elected, despite a challenge in one of the races.
And hometown state senator Mark Christensen of Imperial was sent back to Lincoln for another four-year term, which will be his last due to term limits in this state.
Unfortunately, elections mean there will be winners and there will be losers.
It’s tough to put your name out there and have people vote for you or not. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to do that.
We should all offer our thanks to those who choose to serve in elected positions, and those who took time to prepare and run for a prospective office.
As a regular reporter at city council meetings, kudos should go out to all of Imperial’s non-incumbent council and mayor candidates—Coleman, Derek Russell, John Arterburn and J.D. Reeder. All of them have been at most of the meetings since their advancement from May’s Primary.
And, one of the CCS school board non-incumbent candidates—Willy O’Neil— has been at all of the school board meetings since the Primary.
Those folks have spent a lot of time preparing for a possible seat on a board serving you.
Those incumbents who weren’t elected Tuesday may be able to take a little solace in the fact it’s probably not the best year to be in office seeking re-election.
Looking at some of the national races, especially the House of Representatives, there will be some new faces in Washington D.C., too.