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Douglas County Clerk Dan Esch leading in tight re-election race

Douglas County Clerk Dan Esch leading in tight re-election race


Incumbent Douglas County Clerk Dan Esch was leading challenger Scott Petersen, Rep. Don Bacon’s former political director, in a race that was too close to call Tuesday.

The election took place on Esch’s fifth anniversary as county clerk. A Democrat who has worked in the office since 2006, Esch was appointed by the Douglas County Board to the post in 2015, after the death of long-time County Clerk Tom Cavanaugh. Voters elected Esch to a full four-year term in 2016.

Dan Esch (copy)

Dan Esch

Petersen, a 61-year-old Republican business owner and former chairman of the Douglas County GOP, had said it was time for new leadership in the office.

Esch, 37, ran on his record and a vow to continue to make county government records open and accessible to the public. He touted the fact that the County Clerk’s Office budget had gone down in recent years.

Nebraska on Election Day 2020

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Chris Burbach covers the Douglas County Board, Planning Board and other local government bodies, as well as local neighborhood issues. Follow him on Twitter @chrisburbach. Phone: 402-444-1057.

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