An incumbent and challenger have both filed to represent the southwestern portion of Gage County in 2019.
Incumbent Terry Jurgens and challenger Jason Moore each filed this week for the district 7 seat on the Gage County Board of Supervisors in the 2018 election.
Both candidates are registered Republicans. Since it’s a partisan race, the outcome will be decided in the May 15 primary election, unless another candidate from a different party files for the seat.
Jurgens has held the position of district 7 representative on the County Board since 2010 and is seeking a third term. He’s served as the chairman of the County Road and Bridge Committee each year since he was first elected.
Jurgens said he has a passion for the roads and has been part of some major accomplishments over the years.
“I think the roads have improved greatly in the seven years I’ve been there,” he said. “Number one is Hickory Road. That was accomplished without any raise in tax dollars from anybody. We’ve done overlay projects on county blacktops, we’ve been aggressive on armor coating and are all caught up on gravel. For the first year since I’ve been on the board, we’re actually done with fall allocations of township gravel.”
Moore also cited a passion and knowledge for the roads as one reason he filed for the seat.
He’s currently superintendent of both the landfill and the Beatrice Street Department, and has previously served on the Beatrice City Council.
“I ran a township road maintainer for six years in Lincoln township,” Moore said. “I understand road construction and what needs to happen to maintain good, adequate roads. I felt like with my conservative beliefs and my stringent ways, I think that it’s a good fit for me.”
Moore added that he discussed running for County Board with both the mayor and city administrator before filing in order to ensure there would be no issues, since he plans to continue his current roles with the city.
Both candidates cited the ongoing Beatrice 6 legal saga as a factor in their filing.
For Jurgens, he said seven years on the board has given him a good understanding of the case that’s valuable to the county.
“I know what’s going on there pretty well and we’ll do best we can through all that,” he said. “I didn’t want to skip out on that. It’s number one.”
He also said county spending has been maintained in his time on the board, and that increases have been minimal.
Moore said his conservative views would result in less spending as the Beatrice 6 case progresses.
“We’ve got a pending lawsuit that’s going to be solved here before long and finalized,” Moore said. Depending on what happens with that, it’s going to have an impact on the county for decades… There’s going to be a lot of big decisions that have to be made and we can’t look at property taxes as a way to solve all of our problems.”
Challengers have until March 1 to file for the 2018 election.