The Butler County Sheriff’s race, a three-candidate special runoff, was credited with boosting the local turnout of the 2014 general election.

The sheriff’s race and a county supervisor race may save the May 15 primary from some low numbers, since there will be few other local races on the primary ballot.

The sheriff’s office has two candidates in May, and there will be general election race this year as well.

Sheriff Marcus Siebken is vying for a second term. He was elected in 2014 in a three-person race following the sudden death of longtime Sheriff Mark Hecker. Siebken was appointed to complete Hecker’s unfinished term.

Travis Prokupek of Shelby is challenging Siebken on the Republican ticket.

Former sheriff’s deputy Tom Dion, who moved on to working for the City of David City, has filed on the Democratic side.

The contests for Butler County Board of Supervisors includes a couple of races so far in the primary, while a general election race looms for a third incumbent.

There will be some change in District 7, where one-term Supervisor Dave Potter did not file for re-election. Potter said that after taking on the assistant manager job for the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, he knew he would not be seeking another term.

Irvin Cidlik of Dwight, a longtime former supervisor defeated by Potter in the 2014 primary, has filed as a Democrat, as did challenger Cyril J. Urbanek of Ulysses. Larry H. Timoney of Ulysses joined in on the Democratic race.

On the Republican side are Anthony Whitmore of Dwight and Ron Sedlak of Ulysses.

In District 1 County Board Chairman Dave Mach is uncontested as a Republican.

In District 3, incumbent Kevin Slama filed as a Democrat. Running unopposed on the Republican side is Scot Bauer, also of Rising City.

District 5 Supervisor Scott Steager, who also works as the county’s emergency management director, filed as a Republican and is unopposed

Incumbents in other county offices have filed:

County Assessor Vickie Donoghue, Republican; County Attorney Julie Reiter, R; County Clerk Vicki Truksa, County Surveyor Brian Foral, County Treasurer Karey Adamy. Recently appointed Clerk of the District Court Sandy Hoeft has filed as a Republican.

David City

Barring any write-in developments, David City voters won’t have any choices to make in May or November.

Mayor Alan Zavodny has filed to seek a third term and is unopposed. Also unopposed: City Council incumbents Thomas Kobus, Ward 1; Kevin Hotovy, Ward 2; and John Vandenberg, Ward 3.


There will be new faces on the David City Public Schools Board. Incumbents Stephanie Summers and Nathan Olson filed for re-election. They were joined in the race by Kasey Kuhlman and Darrell J. Allen of David City. Three seats are open. In order for the names to be on the primary ballot, seven candidates would have had to file.

In the East Butler Public Schools District, there also will be new faces on the board after Jan Bostelman, Mark Janak and Marlene Wade, the current vice president, decided not to file for re-election. Dylan Spatz of Prague filed in the North Ward. Sara Strizek of Valparaiso filed for the Middle Ward. The South Ward race has two candidates: Jocelyn Sloan and Ryan Pekarak of Dwight. All candidates will advance to the general election ballot.

In the Shelby-Rising City Public Schools District, incumbents Jeff Kuhnel and Chris Whitmore filed for re-election, while Jennifer Belt did not file to run for another term. Non-incumbent Jackie Sliva filed before the March 1 deadline. There are three open seats.


Township board members and village board of trustees will appear on the general election ballot in November.

Township filings: All are incumbents unless otherwise noted.

Alexis: Galen Zimmerman

Franklin: Lane Sabata.

Linwood: Randy Semrad, Kirk Marushak, Alexander Hays.

Olive Township: Dan Homan, Bob Jones, Jeremy Coufal.

Plum Creek: Carol Bohuslavsky, B.J. Matulka,

Reading Township:Kevin Siffring (non-incumbent)

Summit : Don Carley, Frank Fichtl

No filings were received in these townships: Bone Creek, Center, Oak Creek, Platte, Read, Richardson, Savannah, Skull Creek, Ulysses and Union.

These village board candidates have filed so far:

Octavia: Lavern H. Beringer and non inbumbents John W. Ehlers and Steven Marshall.

Rising City: Heath P. Vrbka and Richard Amsler.

Surprise: Donald W. Primus


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