Nebraskans elect 3 conservatives to the state Board of Education in midterms – Nebraska Public Media | News

by | Nov 9, 2022 | Education

Nebraska’s State Board of Education makeup has undergone a facelift following Tuesday’s midterm elections.Three Republicans and one Democrat won their district races for the officially nonpartisan Nebraska State Board of Education. The Republicans were each endorsed by Protect Nebraska Children, a conservative political action committee that was formed to stop a comprehensive sex education proposal. Prior to last year, there were no conservative members on the board.The lone Democrat winner, Deborah Neary, was endorsed by the Nebraska State Education Association, a teacher advocacy group. Neary won the 8th District in central Douglas County with 51% of the vote. Neary defeated challenger Marni Hodgen, a Republican who received 49% of the vote.In other portions of the state, incumbent board member Robin Stevens was toppled by newcomer Elizabeth Tegtmeier in the 7th District which covers western and central Nebraska. Tegtmeier received 71% of the vote. Stevens collected 29%.In the 6th District, which includes parts of central and northeast Nebraska, there was no incumbent. Sherry Jones defeated Danielle Hezler 66% to 34%.The 5th District represents parts of south Lincoln and several counties around southeast Nebraska. Incumbent Kirk Penner won in the district with 55% of the vote. Penner was appointed to the position in December 2021 by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Penner defeated Helen Raikes, an independent, who received 45% of the vote.On Wednesday morni …

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