Early voting will begin April 16; Primary Election inching closer

    Early voting in this year’s Primary Election will begin Monday, April 16, according to Chase County Clerk and Election Commissioner Debra Clark.
    She said people can request  early ballots right now by visiting her office. A form is also available on the Secretary of State’s election website.
    Her office can begin mailing out those early ballots this coming Monday.
    People wishing to complete early voting at the courthouse can do so beginning Monday, April 16.
    Tuesday, May 8, marks the date for this year’s Primary Election.
    Clark published the official notice of the election in last week’s paper. A list of those candidates and the offices they seek appear with this story.
State, federal races
    On the state and federal level, Nebraska voters will forward a Republican, Democratic and Libertarian to November’s General Election for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Deb Fischer, who is completing her first six-year term.
    Third District Congressman Adrian Smith will be among three other candidates seeking the Republican nomination in November’s election.
    In state races, Nebraskans will select candidates for the General Election in five races—governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general and auditor.
    Secretary of State John Gale and State Treasurer Don Stenberg did not seek re-election. Stenberg was term-limited out.
    In the nonpartisan 44th Legislative District, incumbent Sen. Dan Hughes of Venango will face Stephanie Malcolm of Palisade. The names will appear on both the Primary and General Election ballots.
County races
    In Chase County, three offices will see contested races in the Primary—treasurer and commissioner Districts 2 and 3.
    Incumbent treasurer Cynthia Schoenberger will face challenger Penny Strand. Both are running on the Republican ticket and there is no Democratic challenger, meaning the race will be decided at the Primary.
    The same is true of the District 3  commissioner race with Sid Bartels, Mark Davidson and Dennis Kunnemann seeking the seat.

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