The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District covers about 1,600 square miles in Southeast Nebraska, including most of Lancaster and Cass counties and parts of Otoe, Seward, Butler and Saunders counties.
Its 21-member board of directors guides the district's involvement in conservation-related areas including water quality and quantity, soil erosion, wildlife habitat, wetland protection, flood control, recreational lakes and trails and environmental education.
Board members serve four-year terms. One board member is elected at large; the others represent subdistricts. Each subdistrict has two seats on the board, with one seat up for election every two years.
This year, Subdistrict 8 has both seats up for election. Dan Steinkruger is seeking a two-year term to the seat he was appointed to halfway through the four-year term of director Larry Hall, who died in March 2017. The four-year seat is being sought by Tom Green.
Ten of the 12 races in this year's election are uncontested.
Uncontested candidates are Mark G. Spangler (Subdistrict 2), Vern Barrett (Subdistrict 3), Larry Ruth (Subdistrict 4), Bruce Johnson (Subdistrict 5), Deborah Eagan (Subdistrict 6), Steinkruger and Green (Subdistrict 8), Robert C. Andersen (Subdistrict 9), Karen S. Amen (Subdistrict 10) and David M. Landis (at large). All the candidates are incumbents.
Contested races include Subdistrict 1: incumbent Gary Hellerich, Mark A. Christensen and Mechelle Sky Walker; and Subdistrict 7: Luke Peterson, Grady Wiedeman and Joseph Gruber. Only races that have more than two candidates will appear on the primary ballot. The primary reduces the number of candidates to two for November's general election.
Directors receive a $60 per diem for attending meetings and other duties, and the total amount cannot exceed $3,600 annually.