Gage County Board Candidates Meet in Forum

Gage County Board Candidates Meet in Forum
(Left to Right) 1st District Candidates Norm Parde, Jr. and Eddie Dorn, Moderator Jeff Davis, 7th District Candidates Jason Moore and Terry Jurgens

BEATRICE – It’s an all-Republican run-off for two Gage County Board positions, with the winners to be decided during the May Primary.

Two of three candidates for the 1st District Supervisor seat of northeast Gage County attended a Beatrice Chamber of Commerce candidate forum, Wednesday night.  Norm Parde, Jr. of rural Adams and Eddie Dorn, of Filley, are running for the seat being vacated by Myron Dorn, who is running for the legislature. A third candidate, Paul Weber of rural Firth, was not in attendance.

Republican 7th District Board member Terry Jurgens of rural Odell is facing a challenge from Jason Moore, of Beatrice.

All candidates expressed the importance of good roads and bridges and all favor the township form of government.

Jurgens has served two terms on the county board.

:11                  “we’ve made”

Moore touts his experience as a former Nebraska Department of Roads Supervisor, a former Beatrice City Councilman and the current Beatrice Street Superintendent.

:12                  “for the county”

1st District candidate Eddie Dorn said keeping good infrastructure is important to improving the county.

:11                  “to everybody”

Candidate Norm Parde Jr. says he’d like to see improvement to the Adams to Filley Road.

:16                  “district one”

Candidates were asked for their opinions on the inheritance tax…one of two major sources of revenue for the county.  Moore says he’s not a fan of the tax, while his opponent, Jurgens, says the county only uses that revenue for special projects, not ongoing operations.  Parde opposes the inheritance tax as punitive, while Dorn said no one likes to pay taxes, but when there are special projects, the money must come from somewhere.

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