A hotly contested race for the Omaha Public Power District board is coming down to the wire.
With incomplete results, Jeff Lux held a razor-thin lead over incumbent Anne McGuire for the Subdivision 2 seat in South Omaha.
Lux was running ahead by only 124 votes Wednesday morning, 51 percent to 49 percent. The race is within a dozen votes of triggering an automatic recount, and 15,000 mail-in ballots still need to be counted.
Lux, a prosecutor in the Douglas County Attorney’s Office, campaigned aggressively against what he called McGuire’s lax oversight of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station north of Omaha.
Federal regulators allowed OPPD to restart the plant in December after nearly three years in a cold shutdown, but it remains under increased oversight.
McGuire said Lux purposely ignored OPPD’s progress in order to paint her in a bad light.
She said she’s proud of running a clean campaign. If she loses, she said, it will be because the public “needed a fall guy” for Fort Calhoun.
In the Subdivision 1 seat vacated by Del Weber, voters chose Realtor Rich Hurley over Steve LeClair, president of the Omaha firefighters union.
In eastern Sarpy County’s Subdivision 3, incumbent Tim Gay defeated Krystle Craig by a wide margin.