Myron Dorn of Adams and Don Schuller of Wymore will advance to the fall election in the District 30 race in the Nebraska Legislature.
In the general election, they said, they will continue to talk to voters about their concerns over high property taxes and fair funding for schools.
Dorn, the chairman of the Board of Supervisors, a farmer and Republican, said he had good name recognition from his public service and people recognized his leadership and ability to get things done.
“I think the main thing was the County Board and the leadership I’ve shown on there,” Dorn said. “Also, I lead the Coop board for 12 years so people see how I’ve been able to handle things and the leadership I’ve shown.”
District 30 includes all of Gage and a portion of Lancaster County.
Dorn, Schuller and Joe Murray were each candidates to represent the district, with the top two advancing to face off in the fall general election.
Dorn was the top vote getter in the district with 3,154 votes to Schuller’s 2,967 and Murray’s 1,658.
Lancaster County voters in the district favored Schuller over Dorn by 51 votes, though Dorn was the heavy favorite in Gage County, receiving 2,253 votes to Schuller’s 1,875 and Murray’s 706.
Dorn earlier this month had addressed negative ads against him that claimed he’d voted twice to give himself a raise on the Gage County Board and that he’d paid his property taxes late on multiple occasions.
He said those claims were untrue, and expects a good race this fall.
“Several people advised me it’s going to take a lot of hard work and I’ll need get out and do some of the same things I did in the primary to be successful,” he said. “That’s the attitude we’re going for.”
Schuller, a Democrat, farms and runs a small conservation survey and design business. He said he thinks the voters in the district are ready for a strong, independent leader who will fight for working families. His message will not change, he said.
"What I believe in is our independent Legislature, and that we work together to do what's best for Nebraskans," Schuller said.