Local voters have distinctive choices in primary election

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A primary election with far more contested races than normal in Aurora and Hamilton County has finally arrived, giving voters choices and a real say in their local leadership.
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 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 2018 primary. The recent candidate forum offered distinctive contrasts in the views and leadership style for Aurora mayor as well as county board districts 1 and 5. Hopefully you have tuned in to those races and are ready to let your voice heard.
Aurora City Hall will have a new mayor by year’s end, with the primary narrowing the field of Marlin Seeman, Phil Hupf and Stan Valasek down to two finalists for the November general election.
The county board races feature incumbent Becky Richter and challenger Rich Kinsey in District 1, with incumbent Tim Bergen facing opposition from Roger Nunnenkamp and Ivan Hongsermeier in District 5. Both of those races will be decided this week, though the winners won’t be sworn in until November.
I appreciate all the candidates who threw their hat in the ring, offering their time, views and expertise and giving voters a choice on election day. The candidates who win voter approval will have their work cut out for them in hopes of building sustainable local government.
In the Third District GOP race, it’s been fascinating to have a front row seat to a Congressional campaign with Aurora native Kirk Penner in the hunt. We’ll watch results closely as Penner challenges incumbent Adrian Smith to represent the vast Third District.
The time has come to fill in the oval and let your voice be heard. Make your vote count.
Kurt Johnson

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