Campus forum features candidates for local positions

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney’s American Democracy Project is hosting a public forum featuring candidates for a variety of local positions.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in Copeland Hall, Room 140, on the UNK campus. There is no cost to attend. A Zoom option is available at

Each candidate will discuss their platform and answer questions from the audience. Advocates and opponents of the Nebraska ballot initiatives – a voter ID requirement and state minimum wage increase – were also invited to speak.

The following candidates have agreed to participate:

Kearney City Council
Randy Buschkoetter
Tami Moore
Mercadies Damratowski

Kearney Public Schools Board of Education
Drew Blessing
John Icenogle

Nebraska State Board of Education
Danielle Helzer
Sherry Jones

University of Nebraska Board of Regents
Julie Hehnke

Buffalo County Clerk of the District Court
Regina Forshee-Bedke

Buffalo County Sheriff
Neil Miller

Central Community College Board of Governors
Roger Davis

Civic Nebraska in opposition to the voter ID initiative
Nathan Leach

Established in 2003 as a nonpartisan initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Democracy Project is a network of nearly 300 schools focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens and community leaders.

At UNK, the group is governed by an advisory council comprised of students, staff and faculty representing all three academic colleges, plus graduate studies and Calvin T. Ryan Library.