30th District Legislative Candidates Meet in Chamber of Commerce Forum

BEATRICE – Candidates involved in sometimes nasty election campaigns could take a cue from the men running for the 30th District State Legislative seat.  Don Schuller of rural Wymore and Myron Dorn of rural Adams seem to genuinely like and respect one another.

:13                  “all the time”

Both men took part in a Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce forum Tuesday night, and are seeking the seat that will be vacated by the retiring State Senator, Dr. Roy Baker, of Lincoln.

Schuller, a farmer and conservationist, said he cares deeply about the people in his community and the district. He’s also the organizer of a local taxpayers’ organization.

:20                  “what we have”

Dorn, a rural Adams farmer is finishing his second term on the Gage County Board, serving as Chairman.  He’s also been a long-time board member of farm co-ops.

:19                  “the future”

Both candidates describe themselves as pro-life and supporting gun rights.  On local regulation of weapons, both Dorn and Schuller said they should be consistent from urban to rural areas, on gun permits.

The candidates differ somewhat on charter schools, and whether they should be publicly funded.  Schuller responded.

:24                  “paying for it”

Dorn said he’s open to looking at charter schools, but is concerned about where the financial support would come from.

:22                  “looked at, first”

A major local issue has been the impact of the Beatrice Six case judgment Gage County is beginning to pay.  Schuller has maintained the state should assist.

:22                  “so I did”

Schuller has written the governor asking him to budget for the settlement, and supported legislation to allow the state to pay the judgment.

Dorn has been directly involved in the case as chairman of the county board, and the county is appealing to get the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

:21                  “that payment”

Asked about the future of the Beatrice State Developmental Center, both candidates said the center is needed, and praised efforts to provide other options for the care of the developmentally disabled.  Both men spoke in support of community-based care options, when possible.

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