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Incumbent upon you

If you’re ever thinking about running for public office, run as an incumbent. That seems like the best way to run.
My husband was reading the paper today and saw all these (I)s next to names, and thought America had gone Independent. Then he realized the I stood for Incumbent. I used his exasperation to get him to take out that extra wall in the basement storage room I’ve been meaning to tear out with a sledgehammer.
So it all worked out well.
But not for Ray Stevens: Looks as though he’s the one county commissioner who paid yesterday for the County Board’s controversial decision to sell the county retirement home, Lancaster Manor. Three County Board seats were up for election, but (I)ncumbent Bob Workman didn’t run and (I)ncumbent Deb Schorr didn’t have an opponent.
So there was Stevens, vulnerable. Which is too bad, because in my time following the County Board, Stevens really took his job seriously. He was always around city hall, asked a lot of questions and was skeptical about things that everybody else just goes along with, like overdoing tax increment financing.
I’ve seen city commissioners and state lawmakers fall asleep during public meetings, but Ray Stevens was fully engaged.
But once in awhile, even (I)ncumbents have to pay for their decisions. That’s playing out nationally.
And what’s with all those Nebraska races with no opponent? It’s pretty sad when you have no choice for so many statewide offices, much less county offices or NRD boards.
I know it’s tough to take on the (I)ncumbents, but more people need to step into the arena.


Low turnout? No kidding.

I was lamenting the fact that I’d stupidly waited until 5 p.m. to go vote today, and figured I’d pay for that.
But when I arrived at my polling place, I thought they moved it. The church seemed to be empty. I nearly left. There was literally no line. At 5 o’clock. Whoa.
I knew the races were pretty boring locally, but I didn’t think it’d be this bad. Election Commissioner Dave Shively was predicting a “dismal” turnout, and he was right. However, I should have placed some wagers that the Raybould-Stevens County Board race would be close. So far, it’s a nail-biter. We’ll see as the night goes on…

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