Time to decide

The time has come to fill in the oval and let your voice be heard.
Election day is Tuesday in Hamilton County and throughout Nebraska, though many area voters may have already done their civic duty with early voting and mail-in ballots now a popular option. Regardless of how or when you vote, the most important thing is that you do cast your ballot, participating in an election process that lies at the core of our democratic form of government.
There are some interesting races in the 2014 General Election, though it’s not nearly as full a slate as a presidential election year. The last two months have been relatively void of the negative campaign ads and media blitz we have become accustomed to, which was a refreshing change.
In the race for United States Senate, here’s hoping Ben Sasse gets the nod as a young, fresh voice of an independent thinker. I was impressed the first time I met Sasse on a campaign swing through Aurora earlier in the year and believe he is the clear choice for Nebraskans. The concern, as always, is that he be able to translate good, common sense ideas into effective leadership in the Senate, which is sorely needed in Washington.
In the race for governor, it seems obvious to me that voters made their decision in May. Pete Ricketts emerged from a crowded and capable field of Republican candidates and is head and shoulders above the field in terms of his conservative values and business savvy. No matter who is elected governor, it will be a new era in the statehouse after 10 years with Gov. Dave Heineman. Ricketts is the one best suited to lead Nebraska forward.
There are several contested races on the local level, which is always a healthy sign. I’ll be watching with interest the races for Aurora 4R School Board, county board (Dist. 5), county clerk, Aurora City Council, Hampton and High Plains school boards and Marquette village board.
I appreciate the men and women who threw their hat in the ring, offering their time, views and expertise and giving voters a choice on election day. All of the local area boards face challenging times in this era of rising costs and reduced state and federal aid. The candidates who win voter approval will have their work cut out for them in hopes of building sustainable local government.
Make your vote count, Hamilton County!
Kurt Johnson

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