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As of 9:46 p.m., about one forth, or approximately 20 percent of the vote has been counted fore the general election. 

At the time of print deadline, Republican Fred Liss has 52.08 of the vote (100), Libertarian John Harms has 27.08 percent (52) and Democrat Barb Siedlik has 20.83 percent (40) 

Liss, 64, was born and raised in Platte County and worked for 31 years in the county Highway Department. In 2009, the former Platte County Highway superintendent retired. Liss said he decided to run after many people encouraged him to throw his hat in the race after incumbent Tom Martens, a Republican, said he announced he was no longer going to run for re-election. Martens had registered to run prior to the primary election but dropped out in late February.

Liss told The Columbus Telegram that he was happy with the unofficial election results at the moment. 

"I’m pleased. I’m really happy with the people how have ventured out and supported you," Liss said. 

In the primary race, Liss beat out Todd Stuthman, receiving 56 percent of the vote. In a previous interview with The Columbus Telegram, he said his main concerns are high property taxes and road conditions.

Harms, 31, is farmer who has lived his entire life in Platte County. He graduated from Lakeview High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and management from Wayne State College.

Harms told The Columbus Telegram that he was hoping for the race to get tighter as more of the votes came in. 

"I'm hoping it'll come down to a pretty close race," Harms said. "It’s been a hard fought campaign and a close race is all I can ask for."

In 2014, Harms ran for the District 1 seat but was beat out by Tom Martens in the primary election. At the time, he was a registered Republican and served for four years as the chairman for the Platte County Republican Party. Last year, he registered as a Libertarian.

Barb Siedlik, 65, has been a county resident for the past 50 years. She has worked as an insurance agent for 28 years and has served as coordinator for the Columbus Downtown Business Association since 2010. She and her husband, Mike Siedlik, are owners of Siedlik Signs in Columbus.

The Columbus Telegram reach out to Siedlik by phone for comment, but she did not respond. 

Elections this year were also held for the District 3, 5, and 7 seats on the board. All incumbents in those elections ran unopposed. Board members Republican James Scrow, Republican Bob Lloyd and Republican Kim Kwapnioski will retain their seats for another term.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at

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Eric Schucht earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon in 2018. He has written for The Cottage Grove Sentinel, The Creswell Chronicle, The Pacific Northwest Inlander and The Roseburg News Review.

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