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Sibal urges voters to vote in May's primary


With the filing deadlines past, and several last minute filings, Kimball has several races that will be presented in the primary election in May.

Five non-incumbents filed following last week’s story, each for a different office.

Stephanie Pedersen filed for City Council, Travis Cook for Board of Education, Darcee Wheeland (R) for Clerk of the District Court, Brandon Mossberg (R) for Kimball County Commissioner and Dawn Hickman (R) for County Clerk.

“My message as the Election Commissioner of Kimball County, is to encourage the voters to come out in the primary,” Sibal said. “The purpose of the primary is for the parties to nominate their candidates to go on to the general election.”

The Clerk of the District Court Incumbent Deb Diemoz, a Republican, has been challenged by Republican, Darcee Wheeland. Only one of these two will move forward to the general election in November, at which time there will be a run-off against Diana Engstrom. Last week Engstrom was mistakenly identified as a Republican running for the Clerk of the District Court, she is, in fact, a Democrat.

Additionally, Kimball County Clerk Cathy Sibal and challenger Dawn Hickman, both Republicans, will face off in the primary, with just one moving forward to the general.

With two open City Council seats available and seven candidates, the field will be narrowed down in the primary to just four.

The Kimball Board of Education has three seats available and seven candidates, so that too will be narrowed down in May.

“I do this every election year – encourage people to take time to vote in the primary,” Sibal concluded. “Our numbers have been, historically, very low.”


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