Local Election Races Take Shape; General Election November 2nd


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Local candidates running for office this fall have filed. A Primary Election will not be held, with the General Election set for November 2, 2021.

City of Beloit (2 Council Positions)

  • Tony Gengler
  • Jordan Gruber
  • Rick Brown
  • John Finney
  • Gretchin Staples

Cawker City (3 Council Positions)

  • Doug Bader
  • Carl Suter
  • Cole Eberle

Glen Elder (Mayor & 2 Council Positions)

  • Sheila Paxson (Mayor)
  • Lori Augustine (Council)

Tipton (Mayor & 2 Council Positions)

  • No filings

Hunter (Mayor & 5 Council Positions)

  • Brad Nitsch (Mayor)
  • Don Garnett (Council)

Simpson (Mayor & 5 Council Positions)

  • Tim Bell (Mayor)
  • Chris Bell (Council)
  • Amy Bell (Council)

Scottsville (Mayor & 5 Council Positions)

  • No filings

USD #272 Waconda

  • Pos 4 Jessica Scott
  • Pos 5 Kelly Berkley
  • Pos 5 Ashley Clausen
  • Pos 6 Aaron Gasper

USD #273 Beloit

  • Pos 4 Joe File
  • Pos 5 Jason Johnson
  • Pos 6 Jake Ludwig

Post Rock Extension District

  • Pos 3 no filings
  • Pos 4 Deb Beam
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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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