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COLUMBUS – The District 1 seat on the Platte County Board of Supervisors is the only race contested among the county’s elected officials so far as the incumbent filing deadline passed on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Incumbent Republican Tom Martens of Columbus filed for re-election Thursday as the deadline approached and has two challengers: John Harms, a Libertarian of Columbus, and Todd Stuthman, a Columbus Republican.

Harms and Stuthman filed Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

The incumbents for all other county elected officials’ offices filed for re-election this year.

The deadline for nonincumbent candidates to file is March 1.

Supervisor James Scow, a Columbus Republican, will seek re-election in District 1, Republican Bob Lloyd of Monroe is running in District 5 and Hollie Olk, a Columbus Republican filed for another term in District 7.

Other incumbents in Platte County races filed to seek re-election in 2018, including Tom Placzek, assessor, Republican; Diane Pinger, county clerk, Republican; Diane Kapels, register of deeds, Republican; Marlene Vetick, clerk of the district court, Republican; Jennifer Reppert, county treasurer, Republican; Ed Wemhoff, county sheriff, Republican; Carl Hart Jr., county attorney, Democrat; Timothy Matas, public defender, Republican; and Thomas Tremel, county surveyor, Republican.

Incumbents for four Columbus City Council seats are also seeking re-election.

Beth Augustine-Schulte is running in Ward 1, Dennis Kresha in Ward 2, Richard Jablonski in Ward 3 and J. Prent Roth in Ward 4.

Two incumbents are running for another term on the Columbus Public Schools board.

This year’s board President Theresa Seipel is seeking another four-year term and Douglas Molczyk, who was appointed in 2015 and later ran to fill out the final two years of the term of Francis Kuehler, who resigned to move to Humphrey, is running for his first full term on the board.

Lakeview school board members Ryan Loseke and Keith Runge of rural Columbus are both seeking re-election this year.

On the Humphrey School Board, incumbents Julia Preister, Kevin Kallweit, Alan Huettner and Ron Zach all filed for re-election.

Offices that are just on the general election ballot and not on the primary ballot include the villages of Cornlea, Creston, Duncan, Lindsay, Monroe, Platte Center and Tarnov. County township board elections are also only on the general election ballot.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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