Nine Candidates File For Open Marshall Co. Commissioner Slot


Nine candidates have filed for consideration as 3rd District Marshall County Commissioner, to fill the unexpired term of Lynn Feldhausen, who passed away last month. A selection meeting will choose a replacement for the term ending 2020 at a meeting in Beattie Thursday evening at 7 p.m. A precinct committee man and woman from each of 26 precincts in the 3rd District will make the decision, which will be forwarded to the state republican party, then on to the governor for appointment.

Since all precinct positions were vacant, registered republicans have been solicited. A few vacant positions remain, and anyone qualified and interested is urged to contact Marshall County Republican Chair Bill Phillipi in Marysville at 785-562-5467 before noon Wednesday.

Candidates to be considered for 3rd District Commissioner are George Bernasek and Thomas Rottinghaus of Axtell, Melissa Sandman and Ronald Schneider of Beattie, Kenneth Feldhausen, Mary Ann Fincham, Daniel L Howell, and Richard Hull of Frankfort, and Keith Bramhall of Vermillion. The meeting Thursday evening at 7 at Beattie is open to the public, however only registered, republican, precinct committee members will be allowed to question the candidates.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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