BEATRICE – Three candidates are running for a Nebraska Legislative seat to be vacated with the retirement of 30th District State Senator Roy Baker of Lincoln. The three attended a Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce Forum, Wednesday night. Don Schuller of rural Wymore, Joe Murray of Firth and Myron Dorn of rural Adams are seeking to move on to the November General Election, from the Primary.
Schuller, a farmer and retired Natural Resources Conservation Service official, said he wants to bring back the independence of the officially non-partisan legislature.
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Schuller said a hard-working background gives him first-hand experience of the hardships Nebraskans can face.
Joe Murray has a background in small business and agriculture and describes himself as a “free market, conservative Republican”.
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Murray says lowering the tax burden is vital to having a growing, sustainable economy.
Myron Dorn of rural Adams in the current Gage County Board Chairman, a life-long farmer and over 30-year member with the Adams Rescue Squad.
Dorn says he is a common-sense candidate who can make a difference in the legislature. He said he believes you need to treat people with respect…how you would want to be treated.
All three candidates support gun rights and describe themselves as pro-life. Dorn and Murray say they support the death penalty in Nebraska. Schuller opposes the death penalty, calling it expensive and rarely carried out. On gun rights, Schuller also said there are reasonable steps, such as waiting periods and background checks. All three expressed support for the University of Nebraska system, agreeing with a move to lower the amount of budget cuts to the system.