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Incumbent election deadline passes
February 16, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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GERING – Wednesday, Feb. 15 was the last day for incumbent office holders to file for re-election or election to a different office in this year’s election. And a number of people have decided not to run again.
Joyce Hillman-Kortum, who has been a Gering City Council member in Ward I for the past eight years, decided not to seek a third term As of Feb. 15, no one has filed for the position.
In Gering’s Ward II, incumbent Don Christensen filed for a third term on the city council. Newcomer Lance Cline has also filed for the position.
In Ward III, longtime council member Larry Gibbs filed on the last day to seek another term. Another political newcomer, Ben Backus, has also filed for that council seat.
And in Ward IV, incumbent Manuel Escamilla filed for re-election to the city council. Although some other names have been mentioned, a challenger hasn’t filed so far.
On the Gering School Board, incumbents BJ Peters and Alan Doll filed for re-election, but Jody Miles will not run again.
Scottsbluff School Board incumbent Paul Snyder filed for another term, although Kim Magana has chosen not to run again.
Also choosing not to run again was Scottsbluff City Council member Bill Zitterkopf.
Members for the Western Nebraska Regional Airport Authority will be one of the races that will appear on the primary election ballot in May. With two open seats for the board, four candidates have filed so far. Included are incumbents Neal Smith and Bob Unzicker. New filers are Ed Guzman and Clark Wisniewski.
Non-incumbents have until Thursday, March 1 to file for office. This year’s primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15.

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