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Non-incumbent files for ward three city council seat
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Non-incumbent files for ward three city council seat

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The Beatrice City Council has its second non-incumbent candidate for the upcoming election.

Caleb Sabatka has filed for office in ward three, which is the current spot of council member Rich Kerr.

Sabatka is from Fremont, and has been a Beatrice resident for roughly five years. The 27-year-old is a fifth generation carpenter and a small business owner of Sabatka Siding, which opened last fall.

This is his first time running for a council seat.

If elected, Sabatka said he hopes to lead closing the "generation diversity gap" of the council, and aid the younger generation in being active in the community.

"My specific issue is the crime rate," Sabatka said. "Hopefully we can raise money to construct things for the youth of today. There's not many activities or places for kids besides roaming the streets at 2 o'clock in the morning. Hopefully in return, they won't be in as much trouble."

Sabatka said he already has ideas for activities and businesses, but that he does not want to share them at this time.

The other council seats up for election or reelection are Phil Cook in ward one, Ted Fairbanks in ward two and David “Pede” Catlin in ward four.

During the primary election on May 12, the top two vote getters in each ward advance to the Nov. 3 general election, where they’ll be voted on again.

The last day for incumbents to file for the primary ballot is Feb. 18, and the last day for non-incumbents to file for the primary ballot is March 2.

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