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District 33 candidates talk about race
On this Primary Election Day there are a number of races for Nebraska State Senate seats including Nebraska's District 33. There are two candidates on the ballot:
Meaning that current Senator Les Seiler, and Hastings' Butch Hughes will both continue on to the November election regardless of Tuesday's results.
News 5's Jordan Shefte spoke with both candidates Tuesday.
Well they say that Tuesday's election serves as a dress rehearsal, of sorts, for the main event.
Because they both will be on the November ballot, neither candidate has really launched into campaigning.
But they're both ready to see the results that today will bring.
"I'm looking forward to this evening to see what happens," said Seiler.
"I think today is going to be a litmus test of things that we, I need to work on, in the future," Hughes said.
Two candidates, vying for one position.
"I don't think anything about him. He comes from a different bolt of cloth," said Hughes.
"I barely know Butch, I see him and I speak to him and that's about it," said Seiler.
Tuesday, we took a moment to get to know both candidates.
There's the current state senator Les Seiler, the lawyer who was appointed to office after Senator Utter passed away, but sat out some of the session due to health issues.
"I feel very good, both physically and mentally, the recovery has gone extremely well," said Seiler.
And there's Butch Hughes, the Hastings native looking for his start in the legislature.
"And I do have kind of a thick skin, so I'm not afraid to present things that have to be done, because we either do it or we're in trouble, and right now we're in trouble," Hughes said.
If elected, both candidates have ideas for what legislation they would like to sponsor, and what committees they would look to join.
"My ideal would be appropriations, my second choice would be education and judiciary," said Seiler.
"The natural resources, where they deal with water, would be a big one, education would be another one, and possible banking," said Hughes.
While the candidates are anxious to see the results of Tuesday night's election. They are both looking forward to November.
"We put out 100 signs for the primary, we'll put out close to 500 come the general," said Seiler.
"There's going to be a tremendous acceleration come summer time," Hughes said.
Polls are open tonight until 8:00 pm. We will bring you results in the District 33 race as they become available.
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