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Area Election Preview from KNDY News

Voters Tuesday will choose national, state, and local candidates.  Polls for the general election will be open 7 am to 7 pm.

A one cent sales tax increase for the city of Marysville that would fund a proposed new swimming pool, park and tennis court improvements, and provide for construction of a new fire station will be on the ballot.  The increase would bring the city sales tax to 8.3 percent.  First district voters, including the city of Marysville will choose a county commissioner, with Bob Connell challenging incumbent Mick Keating.

Washington County has no contested local races.

In Nemaha County, USD 441 B&B, and USD 442 Nemaha Valley will address the issue of a proposed consolidation of the two school districts.  A contested race for the 62nd District Kansas House seat that was held by Bruce Larkin has Steve Luckert facing Randy Garber.  Both are from Sabetha.  The district also includes Brown County.

In Gage County, contested races include Diller-Odell schools, ward 1, with Toni Landenberger, Dean Englemen, Chad Lottman and Angie Clifford filed for three seats.  Lewiston patrons will choose three candidates, with Larry Husa, Jeff Bacon, Terry Howell, Scott Garman, and Robyn Mencl-arena on the ballot.  Southern school district voters will also pick three candidates from Doug Argo, Terry Milligan, Dave Creevan, Michelle Schieber, Lisa Munsterman, and Bobbie Hroch on the ballot.

In other contested races, Lonnie Meyer will face Cathy Rakes for Blue Springs mayor, Scott Thomas will face Gene Rader Reedy for Blue Springs council, Dan Hawkins faces Dan Guenther for Wymore Mayor, and Dave Monfeldt faces John Laflin for Wymore City Council.

About Bruce Dierking

Bruce Dierking owns and operates Dierking Communications, Inc. with stations KNDY/KNDY FM Marysville, KS since 1988, KQNK/KQNK FM Norton, KS since 1999, and KDNS FM/KZDY FM Glen Elder since 2008. A fifth generation native of Marshall County, and a 1980 graduate of Marysville High School, he began a broadcasting career working part time at the age of 14 for Herb and Ruby Hoeflicker at KNDY. After attending Colby, Kansas Community College, with a major in business and broadcasting, Dierking returned to his hometown covering sports and sales, now having served as the voice of the Marysville Bulldogs, as well as area teams for over 35 years. Active in various leadership roles, he has served as President with the Marysville Jaycees, President of the Kansas Jaycees, and National Vice President with the US Jr Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member, and past President of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, served many years as Vice President of Marshall County Development Corporation, served 8 years on the Kansas Association of Broadcasters including Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Elect, and Chairman of the board. He has twice served terms on the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board serving as President, and held several leadership roles with Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as congregation Chairman. He, his wife Lesa, and daughter Allison are active in many community activities, contributing to, providing publicity for, and volunteering. He is currently active with the Marysville Historic Depot restoration project, serving as Vice President. A mentor to many in the broadcasting industry, Dierking continues an active role in station operations, on the air with the morning show each day, traveling many nights to cover ballgames, and present covering local events for news broadcasts. He is passionate about his community, and the rural midwest. An active historian, genealogy, community development, Kansas and architectural history are among interests. Dierking enjoys travel, having visited nearly every state, and several foreign countries. He is a fan of music, and enjoys reading.