Can't run for office
(Friday), I took all my paperwork to the Red Willow County Clerk's office and was prepared to file to run in the election for sheriff. After a few minutes there, I learned that as an Independent (now referred to as a Non-Partisan) candidate, I would not be allowed to run in the election. The sheriff's position is reserved for Republicans and Democrats only, by Nebraska state law. Additionally, the deadline had passed for me to change parties. In November of last year, I went to the courthouse to learn what I needed to run for sheriff. I was informed that I would be required to pass a background check and a basic English comprehension test. I passed both of those with no problems and had the paperwork in hand. The comment made to me yesterday, as I stood there in disbelief, was, "I never would have thought you would be running as a Non-Partisan so I didn't check." I contacted the State of Nebraska immediately after leaving the court house to be told it was my responsibility to know all of this information. Did I fail to mention that the County Clerk's office was scurrying through books trying to find the correct answer for me and had left a message with the State of Nebraska to call them with an answer? So, if the County Clerk's office didn't know the answer, how was I to know? Doesn't matter, because as with most government agencies, they know how to put the blame back on someone else.
Anyone in town or the county who knows me, knows I served in the military and did two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. It is nice to learn that after all those years of service to my country and in defending those rights and freedoms it provides, I am not allowed to participate in the process I protected. Thank you Nebraska senators for your stupidity, corruption, and furthering of the good old boy system.
I appreciate everyone who asked me to run and those who said I had their vote. Not only did the state of Nebraska take away my right to run for sheriff, they took away your choice of whom you can vote for. They have violated our civil rights and the sad part is we voted for them.
David C. McConnell,
SSG, USA Retired