Nebraska down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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Nebraska Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date
May 13, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Nebraska State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor, Public Services Commissioner

Table of contents
Treasurer
Auditor
Public Service Commission
Key deadlines
Recent news
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Three down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of Nebraska in 2014. The three down ballot offices on the ballot in 2014 are the Nebraska Treasurer, the Nebraska Auditor and a seat on the Nebraska Public Service Commission. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Voters in Nebraska will select new officeholders for two out of the three positions up for election. State Auditor Mike Foley (R) ran in the gubernatorial primary and was later selected as the Republican lieutenant gubernatorial candidate, leaving the race between state legislators Charlie Janssen (R) and Amanda McGill (D). Anne C. Boyle did not file for re-election to the Public Service Commission, leaving an open seat on the board heading into the election. State Treasurer Don Stenberg (R) is running for another term in office, but faces opposition from Democratic candidate Michael O'Hara and Libertarian Party candidate Michael Knebel.

Nebraska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races while congressional primary elections are closed.[1]

Treasurer

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Don Stenberg - Incumbent
Democratic Party Michael O'Hara[2]
Libertarian Party Michael Knebel[2]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Christopher Costello[2]

Results

Primary

Republican primary
Nebraska Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Stenberg 85% 171,183
Christopher Costello 15% 30,236
Total Votes 201,419
Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.
Democratic primary

Michael O'Hara won the Democratic nomination without opposition.

Duties

Some of the duties of the Nebraska Treasurer include:[3]

  • Responsible for receipting in all monies from state government from taxes to tuition.
  • Responsible for returning money, stocks, bonds, dividends, utility deposits, vendor payments, gift certificates and insurance proceeds to the rightful owners.
  • The State Treasurer is the trustee of the Nebraska College Savings Program, a nationally distributed 529 plan that helps parents and grandparents save for their children’s and grandchildren’s education.
  • Responsible for the centralized receipting and disbursing of child support and related court-ordered payments.
  • The Nebraska Long-Term Care Savings Plan: A Nebraska-based plan providing state tax deductions and tax-free withdrawals for expenses and insurance premiums depending upon age and circumstance.
  • NebraskaSpending.gov: A website, maintained by the State Treasurer’s Office, that discloses how the State of Nebraska spends and receives funds.

Auditor

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Charlie Janssen[4]
Democratic Party Amanda McGill - member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 26[5]

Filed for other office

Republican Party Mike Foley - Incumbent

Lost in primary

Republican Party Larry Anderson[2]

Results

Primary

Republican primary
Nebraska Auditor, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Janssen 56.6% 92,277
Larry Anderson 43.4% 70,618
Total Votes 162,895
Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.
Democratic primary

Amanda McGill won the Democratic nomination without opposition.

Duties

The major duties of the office of the Auditor of Public Accounts include:[6]

  • Constitutional authority to audit all State fiscal activity
  • Statutory requirement to:
    • Conduct audits of all State agencies, officers, boards, bureaus, and commissions;
    • Conduct annual audits of certain political subdivisions, educational service units, and federal funds by contract;
    • Establish uniform accounting systems for county officers (except Lancaster, Douglas, and Sarpy counties);
    • Establish uniform budgeting for all political subdivisions;
    • Central filing for Nebraska school, municipal, and public bonds;
    • Set audit standards for all auditors conducting audits for State agencies and political subdivisions;
    • Provide audit guidelines for all auditors of political subdivisions;
    • Review all audits conducted by auditors of political subdivisions;
    • Conduct investigations of reports of alleged government waste, fraud, and mismanagement;
    • Conduct performance audits of political subdivisions receiving more than $25,000 from the State during the audit year;
    • Conduct performance audits of State agencies when expressly authorized by the Legislature; and
    • Report to the Legislature any potential problems relating to the effectiveness, efficiency, or performance of State programs discovered in the course of conducting government audits.

Past elections

2010

Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Foley Incumbent 79.6% 345,436
     Libertarian Michele Sallach-Grace 20.4% 88,433
Total Votes 433,869
Election Results Via: Nebraska Secretary of State

Public Service Commission (District 2)

Candidates

General election

Democratic Party Crystal Rhoades - Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives (JDAI) Coordinator for Douglas County.[7]
Republican Party John Sieler[4]

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Jim Esch[4]
Democratic Party John Green[4]

Not running

Democratic Party Anne C. Boyle - Incumbent

Results

Primary

Democratic primary
Nebraska Public Service Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCrystal Rhoades 43.5% 5,705
Jim Esch 39.9% 5,238
John Green 16.6% 2,183
Total Votes 13,126
Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.
Republican primary

John Sieler won the Republican nomination without opposition.

Duties

Public service commissioners are responsible for regulating the following:[8]

  • Telecommunication carriers
  • Natural gas jurisdictional utilities
  • Mayor oil pipelines
  • Railroad safety
  • Household goods movers and passenger carriers
  • Grain warehouses and dealers
  • Construction of manufactured and modular homes and recreational vehicles
  • High voltage electric transmission lines
  • Private water company rates

The Commission also oversees and administers the following statutorily created funds:

  • The Nebraska Universal Service Fund
  • The Enhanced Wireless 911 Fund
  • The Nebraska Telecommunications Relay System Fund

Past elections

2012

Frank Landis and Tim Schram won re-election without opposition in Districts 1 and 3, respectively.[9]

2010

Rod Johnson and Gerald Vap won re-election without opposition in Districts 4 and 5, respectively.[10]

2008

Nebraska Public Service Commission, District 2, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnne Boyle Incumbent 61.8% 80,728
     Republican John McCollister 33.4% 43,615
     Green Doug Paterson 4.9% 6,367
Total Votes 130,710
Election Results Via: Nebraska Secretary of State

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
May 13, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
December 1, 2014 Certification of election results

Recent news

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