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County General Election results

By Signal Staff

Fillmore County voters exceeded the statewide voter average by over six percent last Tuesday in the November 6 Nebraska General Election.  Of the 4,038 registered voters in Fillmore County, 2,575 cast ballots last Tuesday for a voter turnout of 63.77 percent.  Statewide, the voter turnout in Nebraska was 57.07 percent.
Several key local races surely figured in the solid local voter turnout at the polls.
In Geneva, Geneva City Council President Eric M. Kamler defeated challenger Rod Renken, 542 (57.23 percent)—403 (42.56 percent) to become the 31st mayor of Geneva.  Four-term Geneva Mayor Rod Norrie opted not to seek re-election.  Kamler is a 2009 Fillmore Central graduate, who farms in the Shickley area and is a part owner of Alchemy in Lincoln's Haymarket. Kamler ran unopposed for his council seat in 2014 when then Councilman Tom Ortgies challenged Norrie for his mayoral seat. Incumbent Jean Engle (Ward 1), appointed-incumbent Jim Donovan (Ward 3) and Joni Karcher, who ran unopposed for Kamler's Ward 2 council seat, will be on the Geneva City Council.
The bond measure calling for patrons in the Geneva Rural Fire District to share in the cost of a constructing and equipping a new fire station in Geneva (not to exceed $750,000) passed 119 (65.38 percent) to 63 (34.62 percent).  The new station will be located at the site of the former Geneva Sale Barn—just south of State Highway 41, two blocks into Geneva from the west.  The Geneva City Council spearheaded the purchase of the property and voted to go ahead with the new fire station construction if it was approved by the Geneva Rural Fire District Board.  The board opted to have its patrons vote on the proposition on November 6.
There will be three new members on the Fillmore County Board of Supervisors.  Voters in District No. 1 continued the trend of ousting incumbents by electing Kenny Harre to the board.  Harre defeated incumbent Bob Mueller, 172-156.  Harre will join Ralph Graham and Mark Lightwine, who won their seats in the May Primary election, on the county board. There will also be a new county treasurer in the Fillmore County Courthouse, as longtime Treasurer Barbara Trapp will be retiring.  Darcy Nun defeated Diane Geiger, 1,735 to 777, to replace her current boss.
Both incumbents seeking re-election for the Fillmore Central School Board retained their seats.  Shaun P. Farmer was the top vote-getter last week with 1,123.  Douglas R. Gergen was next with 822 followed by challenger Larry S. Nun, 760.  Farmer and Gergen will join Jana Schelkopf, Mike Motis, P.J. O'Connor and Christin Lovegrove on the, now, six-member school board.
Another interesting local race was for the three open positions on the Fairmont Village Board.  Incumbent David Seggerman retained his seat and will be joined by top vote-getter Chris Grant and Tricia Galusha-Chapman on the village board.  Fillmore County also voted to oust incumbent Laura Ebke from her 32nd Legislative District state senator position by a vote of 1,502 (61.96 percent) to 918 (37.87 percent).
See page 2A inside for complete Fillmore County General Election results.