In Douglas County, Democrat Jim Cavanaugh overtook Republican Sam Clark for a County Board seat.

Meanwhile, two county incumbents coasted to victory: Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine and Treasurer John Ewing.

Cavanaugh is an attorney whose law firm specializes in Social Security disability.

His priorities include further consolidations within county government and with the City of Omaha, as well as moving more county business online.

“I think there’s a lot of good work that we can do here in the next four years,” he said.

He fills the seat representing District 2 held by Pam Tusa, whom he beat in the primary.

Cavanaugh is the brother of Douglas County Clerk Tom Cavanaugh and former U.S. Rep. John Cavanaugh. He said he will be sworn in on the 40-year anniversary of the retirement of his late father, longtime County Board member Jack Cavanaugh.

Ewing and Kleine have served in their respective offices since 2007.

Two County Board incumbents, Mary Ann Borgeson and P.J. Morgan, won with no opposition. Several other county officeholders ran unopposed: Sheriff Tim Dunning, Clerk of District Court John Friend, County Engineer Tom Doyle and Diane Battiato, who will fill the merged assessor/register of deeds position.

Battiato, the register of deeds, will be the first holder of the new office; she defeated Assessor Roger Morrissey in the primary.

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