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Voters will see familiar names when they cast ballots this fall for the Omaha Public Power District board.
Incumbents Mike Cavanaugh and N.P. “Sandy” Dodge were the lead vote-getters, and they will face former Douglas County Commissioner George Mills and Tom Barrett, from a prominent family of Omaha Democrats.
Unofficial results show the following candidates likely lost their bids to advance: Dwite Pedersen, a former state senator from the Elkhorn area, David Corbin, a retired University of Nebraska at Omaha professor of public health, and LaVern Thraen, one of the founders of McFoster's Natural Kind Cafe.
The primary focused on problems at OPPD's troubled Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station. The challengers said board members hadn't been vigilant enough in their oversight. The reactor has been off line following last summer's flooding and an electrical fire.
Cavanaugh, who led the field by a sizeable margin, said he was gratified by the results. This was the first time that Cavanaugh and Dodge have faced opposition since they themselves were successful challengers in 1994.
“I realize we have a lot of work to do at Fort Calhoun,” Cavanaugh said Tuesday night. “Hopefully this is an indication we are doing OK.”
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