Count on the last day to file for elective office to spur some interesting developments.
Like a former professional football player from Plainview filing to run for Congress. Or a former Stanton County commissioner who faces a felony charge running for the Nebraska Legislature.
Until Thursday, it appeared that Jim Scheer of Norfolk would go unchallenged in his bid to succeed state Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk to represent the 19th District in the Nebraska Legislature. Flood can’t seek re-election because of term limits.
But William Goodpasture of Norfolk filed as a candidate for the district. He previously served as a Stanton County commissioner but had to resign because he wasn’t living in the district he was elected to represent. Earlier this year, he was charged with a felony offense of false candidate filing.
Both will advance to the November general election in the nonpartisan race.
U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith of Gering also appeared to be running unopposed for re-election to the 3rd District seat in Congress, but not now.
Bob Lingenfelter of Plainview — a farmer who formerly was a standout offensive lineman for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and played several years in the National Football League — filed as a Republican candidate for the seat.
It means Lingenfelter and Smith will square off in May for the right to advance to the November general election where the top vote-getter will face Mark Sullivan of Doniphan.
There will be a contested race for the District 2 seat on the Madison County commissioners. Three Republicans — Marty Griffith, Christian Ohl and Rod Hughes — all filed, but there are no Democratic candidates. That means whoever wins the May Republican primary will earn the county commissioner seat.
Some new names also emerged in the final days before the filing deadline for Norfolk city council seats.
In Ward 4, Thad Murren, Libby McKay and Michele Sanchez all are candidates. The top two vote-getters will advance to the November general election.
Dick Pfeil is running unopposed in Ward 1 for a city council seat, while there are two candidates in Ward 2 — James Lange and Bill Hattery — and two in District 3. They are Josh Moenning and Jim Miller.
Incumbent Sue Fuchtman and current council member Dave Fauss both filed for the mayor’s position in Norfolk. They’ll square off in November.
The District 2 Norfolk school board has seven candidates for three seats. The top six vote-getters in the May primary will advance to the November election.
The candidates are incumbents Joel Carlson, Clark Froehlich and Alfredo Ramirez and challengers Sandy Wolfe, Troy Brooks, Bob Waite and Arnie Robinson.
The race for the District 3 seat on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents also turned into a contested race in May. David Copple of Norfolk and Jim Pillen of Columbus were previous candidates to succeed Chuck Hassebrook of Lyons, but the field grew to three when Tony Raimondo Jr. of Columbus also filed.
Raimondo is vice chairman of the Behlen Manufacturing Co. board of directors and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Raimondo said he’s especially interested in the role the university plays in economic growth for Nebraska.
The top two vote-getters in the regents’ race in May will advance to the November election.
In the race for the District 3 seat on the Nebraska State Board of Education, Tom Schommer of Norfolk was joined by Rachel Wise of Oakland as a candidate. Both will advance to the November election.
Here’s a rundown of election filings in Madison County and in regional or statewide races:
— Another Republican filed for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Ben Nelson. Sharyn Elander of Lincoln joins fellow Republicans Jon Bruning, Don Stenberg, Deb Fischer, Pat Flynn and Spencer Zimmerman as candidates in May. Democratic candidates are Bob Kerrey, Chuck Hassebrook, Larry Marvin, Sherman Yates and Steven Lustgarten.
— In the race for the 1st District seat in Congress, incumbent Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Lincoln will be up against Dennis Parker of Columbus and Jessica Turek of Lincoln in the Republican primary. Democratic candidates are Korey Reiman of Lincoln and Robert Way of Lincoln.
— In other area legislative races, incumbent Sen. Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids will square off against Brook Curtiss of Plainview for the District 41 seat. Dan Scheer, a member of the Howard Greeley Rural Public Power District board, filed paperwork with the secretary of state's office Wednesday. The problem was that because Scheer already held another office, he was considered an incumbent. So his filing deadline was Feb. 15, not Thursday.
— For the 43rd District, seven candidates filed to succeed state Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine. The top two vote-getters will advance to the November election. The candidates are Jack Anderson of Lakeside, Al Davis of Hyannis, Ernest Fellows of Mills, Cash Ostrander of Gordon, John Ravenscroft of Nenzel, Earl Jones of Alliance and Michael Jacobson of Gordon. And in the 17th District, Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins will face three challengers — Van Phillips of South Sioux City, Ron Hartnett of Dakota City and Darrick Barclay of Homer. The top two vote-getters will advance to the November election.
— There are no contested races for seats on the Northeast Community College board of governors. Five of the six candidates already are serving in office. The sixth, Arlan Kuehn of South Sioux City, is seeking the District 3 seat being vacated by Van Phillips of South Sioux City, who isn’t seeking re-election. The other candidates are John Davies of Pilger, at-large; Shirley Petsche of Petersburg, District 1; Keith Harvey of Creighton, District 2; Gene Willers of Pilger, District 4; and Dirk Petersen of Norfolk, District 5.
— Two candidates filed to challenge incumbent Wayne Boyd of South Sioux City for the subdivision 11 seat on the Nebraska Public Power District board of directors. David Dowling of Hartington and Fred Christensen of Lyons also are candidates. The top two vote-getters in the May primary will advance to the November general election.
— For city council races in Madison County, there are two candidates for two seats on the Battle Creek city council. They are Joe Barry and Brent Nygren. There are three candidates for two seats on the Madison council. They are Tim Reeves, John Bomar and Dave Holmberg. All three advance to the November election. There are four candidates for two seats on the Newman Grove council. They are Jerome Sawyer, Larry Ashby, John Wyant and Robert Flood. All advance to the November election. And there are five candidates for three seats on the Tilden city council. The top four vote-getters in May will advance to the November election. The candidates are T.J. Halsey, Allen Smidt, Shayne Halsey, Travis Rutjens and Thomas Zwingman.
— For school board races in Madison County, there are three candidates for three seats on the District 1 Madison school board. They are George Moyer, Deborah Neidig and Jim Reeves. There also are three candidates for three seats on the District 5 Battle Creek school board. They are Jeremy Pochop, Mike Henn and Bill Hughes. There are three candidates for three seats on the District 13 Newman Grove board. They are Thomas Haase, Scott Lyon and Zane Wondercheck. On the District 80 Elkhorn Valley school board, there is one candidate — Kenneth Oelsligle — for one two-year term on the board. And there are two candidates for three available four-year terms on the board. The two are Kandace Stineman and Shannon Brown.
— There are two candidates for two trustee positions on the Norfolk Sanitary District. They are Jerry Nordeen and J.R. Mapes.
— There are two candidates for two six-year terms on the Norfolk Airport Authority. They are Richard Clausen and William Jepsen.
— The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District, which is based in Norfolk, has seven candidates for seven subdistrict seats. Six of the seven are already serving. Edd Riley of Carroll filed to seek the subdistrict 5 seat being vacated by Stan Baier of Wayne, who chose not to seek re-election. The other candidates are Michael Krueger of Pierce, subdistrict 1; Chris Carlson of Norfolk, subdistrict 2; Robert Huntley of Norfolk, subdistrict 3; Timothy TIghe of Humphrey, subdistrict 4; Danny Kluthe of Dodge, subdistrict 6; and Gary Loftis of Craig, subdistrict 7.
— The Lewis and Clark NRD has one candidate for each of its five subdistrict races. The candidates, all incumbents, are Daniel Schaefer of Fordyce in subdistrict 1; Mark Fehringer of Bloomfield in subdistrict 2; Marcel Kramer of Crofton in subdistrict 3; Dan Kollars of Hartington in subdistrict 4; and Curtis Armstrong of Ponca in subdistrict 5.
— The Lower Niobrara NRD has one candidate for seven subdistrict races and no candidate in its O’Neill-based subdistrict 6. Those filing were Karl Connell of Newport, subdistrict 1; John Engelhaupt of Butte, subdistrict 2; Diana Wendt of Bristow, subdistrict 3; Arden Uhlir of Verdigre, subdistrict 4; Raymond Naprstek of Creighton, subdistrict 5; John Janzing of Atkinson, subdistrict 7; and Donald Holtgrew of Atkinson, subdistrict 8.
— The Middle Niobrara NRD also has just one candidate for each of its three subdistrict races. The candidates, all currently serving in office because of appointments, are Wade Andrews of Nenzel in subdistrict 1; Leonard Danielski of Valentine, subdistrict 3; and Greg Wilke of Ainsworth, subdistrict 5.
— The Upper Elkhorn NRD also has just one candidate for six of its seven subdistrict races. No one filed as a candidate in subdistrict 3. The candidates, all incumbents, are Roy Stewart of Newport, subdistrict 1; Curtis Gotschall of Stuart, subdistrict 2; Mike Russman of Ewing, subdistrict 4; Reginald Green of Creighton, subdistrict 5; Ted Hughes of Neligh, subdistrict 9; and Gerald Heithoff of Elgin, subdistrict 7.