Voters appeared on the verge of charting a more aggressive course Tuesday for the Omaha Public Power District board, one aimed at faster adoption of renewable energy and a quicker departure from coal.
Two of the winners and a third candidate leading a very close race have said they would accelerate the push for electricity from cleaner sources, while two incumbents lost who favored going a little slower.
The lone incumbent to survive his race was OPPD board chairman Mike Cavanaugh, fending off a challenge in south-central and southwest Omaha’s Subdivision 8 from Linda Duckworth.
Two newcomers, Eric Williams in northeast Omaha’s Subdivision 6, and Janece Mollhoff in suburban, exurban and rural Subdivision 7, defeated incumbents Tom Barrett and former State Sen. Mick Mines.
One race, in northwest Omaha’s Subdivision 1, was too close to call between Democratic small business owner Amanda Bogner and Republican former OPPD finance employee Kristine Dungan.