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Hamilton County’s 6,430 eligible voters will be asked to cast their ballots on a number of races and issues in the primary election, but the outcome of just a few will actually be determined today.
The polls open at 8 a.m. in Aurora, Marquette and Hordville. The remainder of the precincts are casting their ballots by mail only.
Among the issues are a bond election in the Village of Hampton and special election in the Village of Marquette.
Hampton voters will be asked to vote for or against bonds and taxes not to exceed $700,000 for the purpose of constructing a municipal building that would serve as the village offices and maintenance building.

In Marquette, voters will be asked to vote for or against a keno lottery for the purpose of community betterment.
At the county level, two seats on the county board will be decided in the primary, while the third will automatically go to the general election.
Incumbent Douglas L. Andersen of Marquette and challenger Becky Richter of Aurora square off for the Dist. 1 seat. Both are Republicans.
In Dist. 2, incumbent Wally Driewer of Hampton is being challenged by Rich Nelson  of Marquette. Both are Republicans.
In Dist. 5, incumbent Tim Bergen of Aurora is challenged by Ivan L. Hongsermeier of Phillips. The Republican winner will advance to the general election  where he will face Democrat Roger Nunnenkamp of Aurora.
Aurora School District 4R patrons will narrow the list of candidates for three seats on the school board from eight to six in the primary.
Candidates running for school board include incumbents Pat Shaw and Susan R. Mitchell, along with challengers Scott Scheierman, Cory L. Ohlson, Cyndi Muilenburg, Daniel Pachta, Jacy Todd and Christine Bellis. All candidates are from Aurora.
The number of Hampton School Board candidates also will be trimmed during the primary when voters will cast their ballots for three of the four candidates. They include Linda M. Troester, Ryan E. Bamesberger, Kevin D. Klahn and Karl Block.
The same is true for the High Plains School District Board of Education where voters will vote for just three of the four candidates. They include Kathy Klingsporn of Polk, Gregg E. Fowler of Hordville, Paul Van Housen of Polk and Kevin Urkoski of Clarks.
While all other elected county officials seats are up for election, the names will not appear on the primary election ballot as they were nominated without opposition.
Those positions and the candidates who advance to the general election include sheriff, incumbent Kirk W. Handrup of Aurora; clerk, Jill DeMers of Hordville; treasurer, incumbent Roberta L. Parks of Aurora; assessor, incumbent Patricia E. Sandberg of Aurora; clerk of the district court, incumbent Wendy C. Dethlefs of Aurora; attorney, incumbent Michael H. Powell of Aurora; surveyor, Adam Goertzen of Hampton.
On the state ticket, voters will cast their ballot for one of four Republican candidates for governor -- Tom Carlson of Holdrege, Beau McCoy of Omaha, Jon Bruning of Lincoln, Mike Foley of Lincoln, Pete Ricketts of Omaha and Bryan Slone of Omaha. The winner will face Democrat Chuck Hassebrook and Libertarian Mark G. Elsworth, Jr., in the general election.
Republicans Don Stenberg of Gretna and Christopher Costello of Omaha square off as the Republican candidate for state treasurer and Charlie Janssen of Fremont and Larry Anderson of Lincoln face off as Republican candidates for auditor of public accounts.
In the race for attorney general, the Republican field will narrow to one with Doug Peterson of Lincoln, Pete Pirsch of Omaha, Brian Buescher of Omaha and Mike Hilgers of Lincoln in the running.

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