Holt County Farm Bureau will host a forum for the O’Neill Public School Board of Education candidates on Sept. 19 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in O'Neill. 

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the forum will kick off at 7 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public.

The O'Neill Public Schools Board has three spots up for election. Current members Jim Gotschall and Jim Sibbel did not refile. 

Incumbent Thomas Stepp Jr. as well as non-incumbents Dustin Breiner, Gene Chohon, Valarie Kennedy, Aaron Troester and Coby Welke will appear on the November ballot.

Non-incumbents Donald Dugan and Galen Mitchell were defeated in the primary election.

According to the Holt County Farm Bureau, the forum will help the community make an informed vote for the candidates running for the school board. The forum will allow attendees to ask questions and hear from candidates directly.

“We are excited to host a forum for the O’Neill School Board candidates in the upcoming general election,” said Barry Kelly, president of Holt County Farm Bureau. “Strong leadership in school districts is critical and school board members play significant roles in their communities. The forum will allow voters to ask the questions that matter and hear responses from the candidates so that they can make an informed decision when they go to the polls in November.”

The forum will consist of a series of questions on several different issues that pertain to the school district. Each candidate will have the opportunity to respond to each question. There will be a moderator to facilitate the discussion at the forum.

For questions please contact Barry Kelly, Holt County Farm Bureau president, (402) 394-7206 or Tammy Fiechtner, north central regional manager, (402) 302-9494.

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