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A substitute teacher and a former state senator led a field of five Tuesday in a race for a seat on the Omaha Public Schools board representing far northwest Omaha.
Jennifer Tompkins Kirshenbaum and Patrick Bourne will face each other in the Nov. 6 general election.
In a year of big changes for the district's leadership, the Subdistrict 12 seat is the most hotly contested of the six seats up for election on the Omaha district board. It's the only race with a primary election contest.
The seat currently is held by Sandra Jensen, one of four current board members who did not file for re-election. Jensen has served on the board since 1981.
Kirshenbaum has worked as a substitute teacher in the Omaha district since 2009 and works part time in human resources at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. She has two young children who attend district schools.
Bourne, an attorney, was elected to two terms in the Nebraska Legislature, in 1998 and 2002. A father of two, he works as the vice president of commercial business and government affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.
In another contested school board race, six candidates — including one incumbent — were set to advance and seek three seats on the Bellevue school board this fall.
The six candidates getting the most votes in the Bellevue schools were Lisa Rybar, who was elected in 2008, and newcomers Cindy Copich, Douglas P. Cook, Allison Jorgenson, Doug Townsend and Phil Davidson. Carl Hanson did not advance.
Longtime Bellevue board members John Hansen and Denise Seaman did not seek re-election.