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Douglas County election workers honored for 20-plus years of service

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Douglas County election workers honored for 20-plus years of service

By Marjorie Sturgeon. CREATED Jul 16, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Thirty five people have served as election poll workers for more than 20 years, earning them a spot in the Nebraska Poll Worker Hall of Fame.

Douglas County Elections Commissioner Dave Phipps hosted an induction ceremony Wednesday for those volunteers.

Organizers say the recognition was started in 2006 by Secretary of State John gale for workers who have spent at least 20 years helping with elections.

Inductees were given a certificate of recognition:

  • Janice C. Anderson, 28 years
  • Margaret H. Baier, 25 years
  • Wayne C. Bennett, 30 years
  • Edward D. Betzer, 25 years
  • Joseph A. Bonaiuto, 24 years
  • Kenneth F. Church, 24 years
  • Kenneth Dudek, 24 years
  • Maureen A. Folda, 22 years
  • Fernando T. godinez, 25 years
  • Margaret Hermanson, 30 years
  • Wayne L. Hohndorf, 28 years
  • Lonnie M. House, 46 years
  • Essie T. Jefferson, 34 years
  • Helen S. Kieffer, 30 years
  • William J. Kolm, 28 years
  • Alan D. Kopetzky, 24 years
  • Richard L. Krambeck, 22 years
  • Roseann T Lilla, 28 years
  • Cora G. Mather, 30 years
  • Mary K. Maynard, 24 years
  • Jack Mays Jr., 34 years
  • Caroline McBride, 24 years
  • James T. McLochlin, 32 years
  • Janet C. Neumann, 24 years
  • Donna M. Owen, 22 years
  • Paula R. Partsch, 32 years
  • Judy A. Scarlett, 30 years
  • Marilyn J. Schmieding, 34 years
  • Mary J. Sekera, 34 years
  • Daria A. Sweazy, 22 years
  • James R. Waszgis Jr., 24 years
  • Rodney J. White, 28 years
  • Katherine Wilson, 28 years
  • John Zak Jr., 24 years
  • Brian R. Zdan, 30 years

According to the Douglas County Election Commission website, about 2,000 poll workers help out for each county-wide election.

Anyone interested in volunteering, can fill out the online form or call (402) 444-VOTE (8683).

Marjorie Sturgeon

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